SCRANTON (April 15, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced its CEO, Frank Britt, will speak at the Arizona State University/Global Silicon Valley Education Innovation Summit on Tuesday, April 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will discuss the growing middle-skills gap and how distance and blended learning programs can position individuals to succeed in the growing middle-skills job market. Britt joins more than 100 speakers and panelists, and will cover additional topics, including the new models emerging in education, higher education’s overcapacity and the importance of lifelong learning.
“I am excited to share my knowledge of emerging models of education, including Penn Foster’s distance and blended learning programs, which help address the middle-skills gap in America,” said Britt. “Distance learning provides students with the opportunity to prepare for life after school, and educators the opportunity to reshape how education is best delivered, which is an especially relevant topic at a summit devoted to improving the educational futures of students around the world.”
With the hope of advancing global education, the Education Innovation Summit is a three-day gathering of education industry leaders, visionaries, investors, activists and entrepreneurs that will attract more than 750 attendees from around the world. At the fourth-annual event, guests will enjoy presentations from well-known speakers, who include Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Intuit and a Board Director at Apple, and Steve Case, Co-Founder and former CEO and Chairman of America Online. The hosts of the event are Global Silicon Valley (GSV), a modern merchant bank that serves the education space, and Arizona State University, a premier public research university.
During the summit, Britt will explain how Penn Foster’s “learn at your own pace” approach enables students and empowers schools to evolve their delivery models. These efforts are directed at helping address the middle-skills gap by providing its students with career-oriented training. An estimated 17 million job openings between 2010 and 2020 will require middle skills, such as careers in manufacturing, utilities and welding, and Penn Foster is positioned to meet this demand by allowing its students to earn their degrees online in a flexible and affordable way.
At Penn Foster, Britt’s focus on career-oriented education stems from his own career success, which includes roles as an Executive-in-Residence at Bain Capital Ventures and as the CEO of Pri-Med, the largest medical education company in U.S. Britt has 20 years of experience leading tier-one, solutions-based business service firms in many industries, including education and technology.
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended learning for more than 100 years. Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success. Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers. Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit www. pennfoster.edu.