Penn Foster News | March 2010
Faces of Penn Foster

Joshua O. of Nigeria
JOSHUA O. of Nigeria

Independence, subsistence, and self-empowerment—these and others, are qualities I learned from Penn Foster, Inc. I will explain how Penn Foster helped me see and meet some of my potentials.

I finished my local secondary school education (equivalent to the U.S. High School Diploma Program) in 2001 and I had further educational and personal goals, but I had no real sense of purpose and direction of how to reach these. It was in this state of mind in the spring of 2003 I found a newspaper clipping that advertised distance learning. After careful consideration, I made contact with Student Services. Thus began my higher education experience through distance learning with Penn Foster, Inc.

Two years later, after I earned my High School diploma, I enrolled in the Associate in Specialized Business, Marketing degree program. Because of my improper time management skills, I spent over the required time allotment for a semester. I felt dejected but bounced back after some consultation with Student Services.

I started anew and transferred some of my credits to the Associate in Specialized Technology, PC Maintenance Technology degree program. Now I am in the third semester and going strong. I am now better at what I do in my chosen career. I can construct readable and better comprehensive business and technical documents. I solve people’s different PC technology glitches and more – thanks to the training materials from Penn Foster.

Looking back, I feel confident I made the right decision. I now pay better attention to details. I feel empowered to help my family, peers, colleagues and can better empower others. I look to the future with confidence to meet any challenges head-on. Thank you Penn Foster!”

Eric Ashman, Senior Instructor


Senior Instructor in Finance, Math, and Accounting
Penn State University — Bachelor’s of Secondary Math Education
University of Scranton — Master’s Degrees in Accounting and Finance

Eric has worked in the Education Department at Penn Foster College for over 10 years as an instructor in math, accounting, and finances. He began his career teaching at the high school level for several years. After earning his master’s degrees, he worked for H & R Block for six years and began his own tax-preparer business. Eric has varied interests, “I keep active in a variety of sports such as biking, camping, bowling, and tennis. I also shoot in a dart league. I have a DJ business on the side and have an extensive music library covering music from the 50s to the present. I enjoy all types of movies but mainly like sci-fi, comedy, and adventure films.”

Is it TIME for a CAREER Change?

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