Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School

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Penn Foster Career School is a part of the Penn Foster system of schools dedicated to providing educational programs in a completely online format. Founded by Thomas J. Foster in 1890, the school has provided distance education for nearly 120 years. Known for years as the International Correspondence Schools, Penn Foster changed its name and switched to a completely online format in 2006. Today, Penn Foster Career School offers more than 80 different certificate and diploma programs across a wide range of careers. Students can earn online associate's degrees at its sister school, Penn Foster College.

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting post-secondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Points of Distinction

  • Completely online career training
  • Professional certifications and diplomas available
  • Complete flexibility with self-paced learning
  • Low tuition costs
  • Built-in career services through Career Cruising


The faculty at the Penn Foster Career School is made up of instructors with real-world experience who are industry experts. The school aims to provide knowledge and skills training to independent learners wishing to advance their career goals. Instructors teach their students using modern learning strategies in accordance with the best practices of distance education and their particular field of study.

Student Life

Academic instruction at Penn Foster Career School is based entirely online. The school has an "open enrollment" policy, meaning that there are no structured start dates or assignment due dates. This allows students to complete their studies at their own pace. Penn Foster offers a "Study Planner App" which helps students stay on track toward graduation by keeping their coursework organized. Students have access to their instructors via email and telephone. Penn Foster has partnered with Career Cruising to offer online career services assistance, including resume building, learning assessments, and a job board.


  1. Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster Career School, http://www.pennfoster.edu/career-school
  2. Penn Foster Career School Programs, Penn Foster Career School, http://www.pennfoster.edu/career-school/all-programs
  3. Penn Foster Career School Accreditation, Penn Foster Career School, http://www.pennfoster.edu/career-school/accreditation
  4. Consumer Information, Penn Foster Career School, http://www.pennfoster.edu/career-school/wiki

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Penn Foster Career School Degrees or Coursework

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Degrees or Coursework

  • Diploma
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