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  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Penn Foster Career School

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General Information About Penn Foster Career School

Thomas J. Foster founded Penn Foster Career School more than 100 years ago to meet the need for distance education with a focus on vocational programs. The school began as a correspondence school for coal miners and today has educated more than 13 million adult learners.

Penn Foster specializes in vocational training and high school diplomas. All of the schools programs are designed to propel graduates directly into the workforce. In addition to high school diplomas, the school offers certificates and career diplomas as well as select associate and bachelor's degrees. All study is completed from home.

Areas of Study at Penn Foster Career School

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Legal Studies
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Creative and Design
  • Trades

Enrollment Process and Information

Students interested in enrolling in a Penn Foster program can call the college's toll-free number to speak with an enrollment advisor. The advisor will send the prospective student a free college program catalog; program information is also available on the school website. Applicants can complete the online interest form to begin the enrollment process. After completing the form, they will receive specific information about their program of choice.

Financial Aid Information

Penn Foster offers zero percent financing for program tuition. Coupons that allow students to sign up for a program at a discounted rate are occasionally available. All program materials, including textbooks and learning aids, are provided by the college as part of a program's cost.

Career Services

Program alumni can use Penn Foster's career resources to find a job. The school makes certified professional resume writers available to all graduates who would like one-on-one resume writing advice. Graduates can also get help writing cover letters, submitting resumes electronically and preparing for an interview. Job listings are available through Penn Foster's employment search program.

Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.

Penn Foster Career School offers the following degree programs:

  1. Automotive
  2. Business
  3. Creative/Design
  4. Engineering
  5. Health Services
  6. Legal Studies
  7. Technology
  8. Trades