Penn Foster Honors De Janiera Thomas as Winner of the 2013 Penn Foster Graduation Party Contest
Thomas is a College Graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program
Scranton, PA (July 29, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced De Janiera Thomas, a Penn Foster graduate, who received her associate’s degree in early childhood education is the winner of its 2013 Graduation Party Contest. As part of the Graduation Party Contest, current students and alumni were asked to share what their Penn Foster experience has meant to them, why graduating is an important milestone in their life and what they plan on doing with their Penn Foster education. Thomas won with 59 percent of the votes from the Penn Foster Community for her essay describing her personal battle with poverty and her pursuit of academic success despite the many challenges she has faced. In her essay, Thomas reflects upon how having to care for her siblings at a young age because of absent parents led her to discover a passion for childhood education.
“De Janiera embodies the work ethic and perseverance of Penn Foster’s students,” said Joe Gagnon, President and COO of Penn Foster. “It is important that we recognize our students for their success and diligence as they juggle multiple responsibilities while simultaneously pursuing their dream of higher education. We have no doubt she’ll achieve great things in the future.”
Thomas’ grand prize – a graduation party worth $1,500 and paid for by Penn Foster – will be on Saturday, July 27 at the Brookline Fire Hall in Haverton, Pennsylvania. Gagnon will be on hand to present her with her diploma in front of 60 guests, including Penn Foster faculty and Thomas’s friends and family.
“Penn Foster has opened doors for me that I never imagined could be opened,” said Thomas. “My next step will be to earn my bachelor’s degree in childcare and special education, and I look forward to inspiring the same love of learning in my students that Penn Foster inspired in me.”
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.