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Penn Foster Career School was originally the brain child of Thomas J Foster back in 1890. Even back then the focus was on distance education, and the school enrolled more than 250,000 students in its first decade. Today, the school is a leader in online education, and as of 2007 has enrolled more than 13 million students. Penn Foster offers more than 80 different programs across a wide range of careers. These programs culminate in either a certificate of a diploma.
Penn Foster Career School is closely tied to Penn Foster College, which offers Associates degrees that can be earned online, and Penn Foster High school that enables students to get their high school diploma online. All of the schools enable students to learn online, in print, or a combination of both methods.
Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the following organizations:
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The school offers more than 80 programs covering a diverse range of career opportunities, including: Appliance repair, auto mechanic, computer and web careers, health care trades, legal support roles, and teaching. See below for a complete list of programs.
The school has an open admissions process, so becoming a student there is relatively easy. All that is required is a simple application
The faculty at the school is made up of industry professionals who have direct and practical experience in the application of the course material. This fits with the hands-on focus of the school.
Because of the wide range of programs offered, students at the school come from all walks of life. There are also a significant number of international students.
As all courses are offered online or via printed material sent to the student's home or office, there is minimal interaction between the students.
(Note: Not all programs are necessarily available at all locations.)
Animal Science And Care
Business And Management
Computer Science And Engineering
Conservation And Resource Management
Cooking And Culinary Arts
Education And Teaching
Family And Social Work
Landscaping And Horticulture
Mechanics And Repair
Medical Support And Technology
Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Office And Administration
Security And Law Enforcement
Therapy And Counseling
(Note: Not all degrees and coursework are necessarily available for all programs of study.)
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