SCRANTON, PA, (April 11, 2017) — Penn Foster Career School, a leading skills training provider focused on improving employability for workers across a range of in-demand fields, announced the launch of its Virtual Assistant Career Diploma program. The program helps students prepare to start an independent business, obtain work, and build a career as a virtual assistant by providing them with a strong background in business and web writing, communication, presentation, and independent contractor management skills.
Virtual assistants are typically self-employed and provide professional administrative, technical or creative/social assistance to clients while working remotely from a home or other independent office.
"This is an industry that continues to grow as employers see the incredible benefits of hiring a virtual assistant/independent contractor," said Lisa Morosky, author of the popular eBook, The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter's Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More! "This is a wonderful work opportunity for those with administrative and other marketable skills to pursue a better work/life balance and put their skills to work in a way where they own their path a bit more. Employers also benefit by receiving all the quality work without the employee expenses, and have the ability to find the right person for the job no matter where they live. Penn Foster's Virtual Assistant program is a great option for students looking to break into this field."
The curriculum includes content from Morosky's eBook, covering topics including essential computer skills, written communication and presentation skills, how to own and operate an online business, use social media and web tools, manage time and clients, and market a business.
"We designed a course to equip the modern, independent professional with skills they can use to design their own career," said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officer, Penn Foster. "Virtual assistants are able to build their own work schedule around their life; they can work remotely from home, operate their own business of work as a freelancer, or through virtual staffing companies. This program is one of many in our suite of new offerings designed to build in-demand skills that align to growing occupations."
The Virtual Assistant course is also offered through Penn Foster's new online learning platform, PFx, where students access interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal setting, and personal coaches to help them meet their academic and career goals.
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 44,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit https://www.pennfoster.edu/.