Penn Foster Career School
In 1890, a newspaperman named Thomas J. Foster was the first to
recognize that working adults with ambition needed a more convenient way
to learn advanced skills. He developed the distance-learning method as a
way of helping anthracite coal miners become mine superintendents and
This was the solution hard-working people around the country had been
searching for! Miners would work a twelve-hour shift, then return home
to study by candlelight, so they could gain the engineering knowledge
they needed to earn promotions.
The school became a stunning success virtually overnight, enrolling more
than a quarter of a million students in its first decade. As the years
rolled by, millions more would choose Penn Foster Career School. By
1945, 5,000,000 students had enrolled in Penn Foster training programs,
and as of today that number has grown to more than 13,000,000.
As the world's leader in at-home education, Penn Foster has
maintained a tradition of excellence for more than 100 years. We're
proud of our history and excited about our future. We look forward to
helping you become a successful part of our next century of learning and
Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Middle States
Commission on Secondary Schools for our high school and
Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission
of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed
by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized
Penn Foster Career School is licensed by the Pennsylvania
State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Many American corporations - including business giants like Ford,
IBM, Xerox, DOW Chemical, and U.S. Steel - have used our training method
to educate their own employees.*
Approved for veterans education benefits
Many Penn Foster programs are approved for veterans education benefits.
Reservists may also qualify for veterans education benefits. If you
think you may be eligible, check with your local or regional VA office.
Penn Foster is affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies military
personnel for tuition reimbursement.
You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
In addition, Penn Foster has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized
Provider of continuing education and training programs by the
International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
This means you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Penn
Foster Career Diploma Programs you've completed. CEUs serve as a
nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and
If you are planning to continue your education with another school
after you earn your degree from Penn Foster, you should check with that
school regarding credit transfer policies. Credits earned in Penn Foster
programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions.
The choice of industry professionals
Many Penn Foster programs are endorsed by professional trade
organizations, including the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
and the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE).
In addition, Penn Foster training can help prepare you to earn valuable
accreditation in fields such as computer programming, medical billing,
and many more.