Penn Foster News | January 2009

Happy New Year!
A very sincere “Thank You” goes out to all of you who have made this year another very successful one for Penn Foster College. Between new product launches and a 97% satisfaction rate among our graduates, the future has never been brighter for Penn Foster College, our students, and our graduates.

Sure, it’s true that we’ve all faced some economic challenges this past year, and maybe we can’t help but feel a twinge of “good riddance” when we close 2008. But, we usher in 2009 with wide-eyed optimism, hope, and anticipation of better things to come.

When you decided to further your education, your eyes were fixed on the future...2009 and beyond. You’re not waiting for “better things” to come to you, you’re going to make “better things” happen! At Penn Foster, we may supply the training, but you supply the passion and determination. It’s your resolve to make positive change materialize which sets you apart. You’re expanding your career opportunities, making your dreams a reality, fulfilling a promise that you made to yourself when you enrolled with Penn Foster—the promise of a better life for you and your family.

So, as you progress through your lessons, continually remind yourself of your goals. Keep in mind that when you complete your program and have your diploma in hand, you can be confident that you’ve put yourself firmly on the road to success and laid a solid foundation for a profitable future. Here’s to a healthy, successful, and prosperous 2009 for all!

The Faculty and Staff at Penn Foster College

Faces of Penn Foster

Janet B. from Accra, GhanaJANET B. from Accra, Ghana

“I like distance learning because it allows me enough time to do other things and learn at my own pace… All the learning materials are exactly all I need for my work.”

Dressmaking and design is a favorite pastime of Janet B., and she certainly has the talent for it. But now Janet has started her own business using her training and talents. She is on the final project of the Penn Foster Dressmaking and Design Program and has already attracted a clientele. Distance education for Janet worked for the convenience of time. “I like distance learning because it allows me enough time to do other things and learn at my own pace.” She found her texts for the program valuable in their instruction and this added to the convenience of distance education for her. “All the learning materials are exactly all I need for my work.”

Janet also completed the first semester of the Human Resources Management Associate Degree Program and intends to continue when she is finished with the Dressmaking and Design Program. She volunteered at an Employment Resource Center in Accra, helping participants through career management and self-employment workshops and found the work satisfying and challenging.

We wish you much success with your business, Janet.



Zulhairul S. of Brunei DarussalamZULHAIRUL S. of Brunei Darussalam

“Thanks Penn Foster...You
opened the door of opportunity
to my career and
future promotion.”

“It’s a wonderful experience as a Penn Foster student. I live in Brunei Darussalam... I have worked in oil & gas industry for nearly 8 years. Education is a bit hard here. I had to attend night class part-time to get my diploma in business management in order to enroll in Penn Foster’s Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering.”

I’m glad that Penn Foster offers an Associate Degree. I want to continue my studies after this, but the only option is to stop work and enroll full-time with a college or university. So I hope one day there’s a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering too, with Penn Foster. Thanks Penn Foster...You opened the door of opportunity to my career and future promotion.”

Good luck with the rest of the program Zulhairul.

Dress for SUCCESS!Dressing for Job
Interview SUCCESS

According to Peter Vogel, MonsterTrac Career Coach, “There’s no getting around it: In every job interview you’re going to be judged — at least partially — by how you look. But how you should look varies depending on your industry and the job you’re interviewing for.” For a look at interview attire for your career, read more….

Penn Foster Dean's List

Click here to view the list of students who have recently achieved the Penn Foster Dean’s List honour and who have agreed to have their names listed. Congratulations to all!

Four New CERTIFICATES Announced

Penn Foster now offers more than 15 focused Certificate Programs designed to provide the fundamentals in select fields of study. These shorter, concentrated programs are suited to individuals working in a particular field. For a complete list of the Penn Foster Certificate Programs, please visit our Certificate page.
• Automotive HVAC Essentials
• Bed and Breakfast
• Medical Information
• Automotive Transmissions

Web Links

Improv Everywhere
Ugunja Community
  Resource Centre
Microsoft Corporate
  Community Tech Skills
Where Do You Fit In?

Tell Us YOUR Story

Attention Graduates! There is no one better qualified to encourage our students than someone who has personally experienced and met the challenges of distance learning. Many students need inspiration, motivation, and support just to enroll, as well as continue with and complete their studies. Email your story to [email protected], or mail it to Jim Healey, c/o Penn Foster, 925 Oak St., Scranton, PA 18515. We would love to hear from you.


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