Penn State Harrisburg Hosts Penn Foster Students for Engineering Lab

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Penn State Harrisburg Hosts Penn Foster Students for Engineering Lab

July 12, 2013

Penn State Harrisburg Hosts Penn Foster Students for Engineering Lab

Annual Program is Exclusively Offered to the Online School’s Students  

Scranton, PA (July 12, 2013) –Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, continues its partnership with Penn State Harrisburg.  Last month, the college, located in Middletown, welcomed 35 Penn Foster students for an exclusive engineering laboratory hosted by the college’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and its Continuing Education unit.  More than 75 percent of Penn Foster’s lab participants earned an A for their work during the two-week program, which serves as a capstone for Penn Foster’s Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program.

“This partnership with Penn State is a tremendous opportunity for our students to get hands-on training from distinguished engineering faculty,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster.  “The engineering lab is not easy and the high grades these students received are a testament to their dedication and hard work.” 

The annual program attracts Penn Foster students from across the U.S. and around the world.  In its 20th year, the Penn State Harrisburg program is offered to students of the online schools as a way to receive the required hands-on engineering laboratory education.

“Each year, we enjoy welcoming a new group of Penn Foster students to Penn State Harrisburg,” said Dr. Brenda Firestone, senior project associate for Continuing Education and the Environmental Training Center at Penn State Harrisburg.  “The faculty and staff are always amazed by the dedication and enthusiasm of these students.”

Under the supervision of Penn State Harrisburg engineering faculty, Penn Foster students conducted lab experiments in their fields of study, which include civil, electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering.  Lab instructors take a “boot camp” approach, training and lecturing within a two week timeframe.  Through the training, students gained knowledge of instrumentation, equipment, preparation of data and laboratory reporting techniques.

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.

Penn State Harrisburg is an undergraduate college and graduate school of The Pennsylvania State University, one of the largest and most widely recognized institutions in the nation. Located eight miles east of Harrisburg in Middletown, Pa., the campus enrolls more than 4,350 students and offers more than 60 associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The college also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 160 baccalaureate majors offered throughout Penn State. For more information, visit

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