Scranton, PA (Feb. 28, 2014) — Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education designed to address the skills gap in America, will lead a panel discussion, “Online Education as a Passport for Learning,” at the SXSWedu Conference on Tuesday, March 4th in Austin, Texas. At SXSWedu, innovative leaders come together to discuss the future of American education and career training.
Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt will be joined by three Penn Foster adult learners, De Janiera Thomas, Erika Vinson Blair and John Cardinal. The students will discuss how an online education provided the tools needed to advance their careers and how career-oriented training can close the middle-skills gap.
“This panel is a chance for Penn Foster’s students to showcase the role online education played in preparing them for success in school and in life,” said Britt. “As the career landscape continues to evolve, it is important that the education space evolves with it.”
“Attending Penn Foster has been a life-changing experience,” said Thomas, who received her associate’s degree in early childhood education from Penn Foster. “Even though I struggled to complete my education because I was caring for my younger siblings, I am proof that you are not defined by your obstacles. Online learning gave me a quality, affordable education that made me job ready.”
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.