Penn Foster Career School

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Penn Foster Career School
Penn Foster Career School Logo.jpg
Address
925 Oak Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18515
United States
Information
Type Private vocational school, Distance education
Established 1890
Enrollment Approx. 140,000
Accreditation Regional:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
National:
Distance Education and Training Council
Website

Founded in 1890, Penn Foster is a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education designed to address the skills gap in America. Penn Foster Career School offers over 100 diploma and certificate programs for in-demand careers.

Accreditation[edit]

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the nationally-recognized Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Penn Foster Career School is also licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools, and is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau with a BBB Rating of A+. Please review the accreditation information based specifically for the area you wish to study to see if the program offered meets your states standards.

History[edit]

In 1890, a newspaper editor named Thomas J. Foster founded the school to provide coal miners with the education they needed to advance in their careers and increase worker safety. At the turn of the century, the school was officially known as the International Correspondence Schools (ICS), and one out of every 27 adults in the US had taken an ICS course. In December 2009, Penn Foster college was purchased by test preparation and educational support company The Princeton Review from its previous owner, the Wicks Group, a private equity firm that had bought the high school from Thomson Corporation in 2007. On May 18, 2012, the Princeton Review brand name and operations were bought for $33 million by Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private-equity firm. The parent company was renamed Education Holdings 1, Inc.[1] In 2013, Education Holdings 1 filed for bankruptcy; it exited two months later.[2][3]

Academics[edit]

Penn Foster Career School provides students with the opportunity to earn certificates and career diplomas at their own pace through online courses and instruction, as well as printed materials delivered to their homes. Penn Foster Career School offers over 80 different programs in Automotive, Business, Creative/Design, Drafting, Education, Health Services, Legal Studies, Natural Health, Technology, and Trades areas.

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