Seventeen Fresno County High School Dropouts of All Ages to Graduate May 2014

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Seventeen Fresno County High School Dropouts of All Ages to Graduate May 2014

Students find confidence and success with Penn Foster’s High School Completion program

Fresno, CA (May 21, 2014) - In partnership with the Institute of Technology and Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s Learn2Earn initiative, Penn Foster High School, the largest regionally and nationally accredited high school in the U.S., will hold a high school graduation ceremony today at the Institute of Technology campus in Clovis, California.

The graduating students are part of Institute of Technology’s and Penn Foster’s High School Completion program, an accredited curriculum that allows potential Institute of Technology enrollees who do not have a high school diploma to finish up their studies before matriculating into the college. The program is a partner of Fresno’s Learn2earn initiative, which was launched in 2012 by Mayor Swearengin.

Seventeen Fresno County high school dropouts will proudly earn their high school diplomas during the ceremony. One of the graduates is a mother of two who worked hard to finish her high school completion program before her third child is born in June. In July, this busy mother will enroll in Institute of Technology’s Human Resource Administrator AAS. Another graduate found the time to get his high school diploma buy taking night classes, and is now enrolled in Institute of Technology’s Criminology and Emergency Response Management AAS course.

This innovative collaboration between Penn Foster, the Institute of Technology and Learn2Earn allows more students to earn an accredited high school diploma so that they can enter college or the workforce. This program relies on a mixed learning environment of independent study and in-classroom learning, which allows students to take ownership in the process of achieving their educational goals and functioning productively in the working world, in further academic settings, and in their personal lives.

About the Institute of Technology
Since 1986, we have been fulfilling our vision to be the premier provider of postsecondary education in the western U.S., measured by student satisfaction and focused educations that lead to valued careers. Our exciting list of career training programs includes education for the fields of allied health, computer and network technology, business, culinary arts, and Industrial technology. Our class schedules are flexible, and our instructors provide classroom instruction balanced with ample hands-on training. http://www.iot.edu/

About Learn2Earn
Learn2Earn is a public awareness campaign created by Mayor Ashley Swearengin aimed at removing the obstacles for Fresno adults looking to obtain more education or gain additional skills for the changing workplace. It provides an “education on-ramp” for Fresno residents who are unemployed or lack basic education or job training, addressing the “skills” gap in Fresno by promoting basic education and job training among Fresno’s workforce to meet the needs of area employers. http://learn2earnfresno.org/

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.


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