Davenport, FL (May 22, 2014) - Penn Foster is proud to announce that today, 214 Polk County high school students will receive their high school diploma at the Fresh Start Dropout Retrieval Program graduation ceremony.
The graduating students are completing the Fresh Start Dropout Retrieval Program, which uses Penn Foster’s accredited curriculum to provide students at-risk of dropping out, or those who have already left the system, the opportunity earn their high school diploma. Through a blend of classroom learning and online coursework, the program allows students the flexibility to complete their high school coursework at their own pace.
The majority of the graduates are considered non-traditional, at-risk students, with an average age of 18-19 years old. For many of these students, prioritizing their education was not easy, and Polk County administrators and faculty are proud of the effort and commitment this year’s graduating class put forth to earn their diploma, enabling them to continue their education or enter the workforce.
Within Polk County, Penn Foster has worked with over 20 schools to provide diploma completion and credit recovery options through the school’s Dropout Retrieval Solution Program. The program provides school districts a low-cost way to keep students enrolled in schools and improve graduation rates, which helps ensure funding for the district and increase the number of educated people in the local community.
Since the program began in 2007, Penn Foster has helped more than 500 Polk County students graduate with either a Penn Foster or Polk County High School Diploma.
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.