Penn Foster and America's Promise Alliance host virtual panel

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Penn Foster and America's Promise Alliance host virtual panel to address misperceptions about High School dropouts or "Non-Completers"

Penn Foster and America’s Promise Alliance Will Lead Discussion on How to Increase High School Graduation Rates and Fulfill America’s Promise GradNation Campaign Goal  

Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended education with a commitment to addressing the middle-skills gap in America, and America’s Promise Alliance, an alliance that works to improve outcomes for young people and increase graduation rates across the country, are hosting a virtual panel to address misperceptions surrounding high school dropouts or “non-completers” and find solutions to increase graduation rates on Sept. 30 at 1pm ET.  

This virtual panel of experts from the education sector, titled “Don't Call Them Dropouts: A virtual panel about "non-completers" and what it takes to raise graduation rates” will discuss:

*Based on a 2014 report from America’s Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University 

1:00 – 2:00pm EST                                                            
Tuesday, September 30, 2014                                        


Jonathan F. Zaff, PhD, Executive Director of America’s Promise Alliance’s Center for Promise, will moderate the session. He will be joined by the following panelists:

Penn Foster became a partner of America’s Promise Alliance in July 2014 with a goal to make accredited high school diploma programs accessible and achievable for the underserved population who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Penn Foster is also an active partner in supporting the work of the GradNation campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to increase graduation rates. GradNation’s goal is to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.

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.

About America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. Through our GradNation campaign, we mobilize Americans improve on-time high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020, so young people are prepared for college and the 21st century workforce. Building on the legacy of our founding chairman General Colin Powell, America’s Promise believes the success of young people is grounded in the Five Promises—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others. As a partner, Penn Foster will have early access to all America’s Promise commissioned research, tools and information.

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