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General Information

Name of Institution: Penn Foster Career School

Address: 925 Oak Street, Scranton, PA 18515

CEO: Frank F. Britt

Accreditations

Penn Foster Career School is accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA (215-662-5603 www.msa-cess.org). Penn Foster Career School is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

State Approval

Penn Foster Career School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.

Consumer Contact Information

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Mission & Description

Institution Mission Statement

The mission of Penn Foster is to empower adult learners to advance or change their careers, learn a new skill, or gain personal satisfaction. The school strives to fulfill this mission by providing breadth and depth of courseware, applicable technology, and a wide array of flexible services aimed at the needs of adult learners. Programs teach current marketplace skills, which can help students prepare for a wide variety of entry-level vocational positions.

The mission is supported by an admissions policy that allows students with appropriate prior education to enroll in programs without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations. The school assesses fulfillment of its mission and achievement of institutional effectiveness through ongoing studies of student learning, measurement of student satisfaction, and evaluation of the career outcomes of graduates.

Areas of Special Focus

Allied Health, Trade, Automotive, Veterinary Studies, Business, Technology, and Education.

Description of Institution

Penn Foster Career School is one of the oldest and largest distance learning institutions in the world. The school provides programs and services that are designed to meet the unique learning needs of the adult learner. Programs of study lead to career-specific diplomas.

Student Demographic Profile:

Courses/Programs: See here.

Average Program Tuition:

Success Indicators

Average Completion/Graduation Rate¹ for Students: 45.8%
¹ Rates are calculated using the DETC formula for completion/graduation rates and are based on 50,439 students enrolled during periods in 2011 and 2012.

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