SCRANTON, Pa, April 17, 2023 — Penn Foster, a leading provider of digital and data-driven learning solutions for high demand skills and jobs, has unveiled the new name that marks the next phase of its 130+ year history — Penn Foster Group. With a steadfast mission to foster skills for the future workforce, the name represents the connection of the company’s online education and career training brands under one roof. This strategic alignment will provide learners and partners with easier access to Penn Foster Group’s entire collection of learning resources.
Inspired by Penn Foster’s founder, Thomas Foster, who pioneered distance education in 1890 by offering training by mail for coal miners to receive necessary skills for safer jobs, Penn Foster Group has a long history of fostering learners to reach their goals, looking to the future to help them reach their full potential. Penn Foster Group brings Penn Foster, CareerStep, Ashworth College, James Madison High School, EHR Go, ALCS.com, the New York Institute of Photography, the New York Institute of Art and Design, and other education and training platforms together to empower the future workforce. These brands combine decades of experience and expertise in accessible online education and training.
“Since 1890, students have trusted Penn Foster to help them discover their own pathways to opportunity. The Penn Foster Group continues to embrace that unwavering purpose today, providing accessible, career-aligned training and education for in-demand skills,” said CEO Bill Okun. “Penn Foster Group is transforming online learning to equip people with real-world skills and knowledge that enable them to achieve long-term success in the workplaces of the future.”
“At Penn Foster Group, we are in the business of fostering skills for our learners, helping them achieve their dreams and start on their path to a better career,” said Matt Simon, chief marketing officer. “Our new brand helps tell the story of our company, and empowers us to use our people, experience, and programs to offer the best learning experience possible, from anywhere, on any budget.”
Penn Foster Group will feature a new logo that serves as a symbol for putting learners at the center and shows the growth and momentum to be had for the company and those it serves. Learn more about Penn Foster Group’s new vision to foster skills for the future workforce on LinkedIn.
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At Penn Foster Group, we are transforming online learning to help learners by bringing together Penn Foster, CareerStep, Ashworth College, James Madison High School, the New York Institute of Photography, the New York Institute of Art and Design, and other education platforms. Together, we create an accelerated path to greater economic mobility through real-world skills and knowledge that enable learners to achieve long-term success in the workplaces of the future. Our history dates back to 1890 when our founder, Thomas Foster, pioneered distance education by offering training by mail for coal miners to get the necessary skills for safer jobs. Today, with the partners who use our education and training programs, we continue that mission of providing accessible training and education for in-demand skills and are building a workforce that’s prepared for the future job market.