Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster Career School caters to adults who would like to learn from home. Although Penn Foster is based in Scottsdale, AZ, all program materials are delivered through the mail or over the Internet.

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Penn Foster Career School Overview

Penn Foster offers more than 80 diploma, certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs. Most of the programs offer vocational training in areas ranging from automotive technology to interior design.

Penn Foster has a long tradition of distance education; the school was conceived in 1890 as a way to help coal miners leave the mine and move up to management positions. All of Penn Foster's students are adults; many hold full-time jobs while studying.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Students interested in enrolling at Penn Foster have several options. They can call the school and request information from an enrollment counselor. They can also fill out an online information form or an online application. Students who complete an online application may be able to begin their studies just minutes after enrolling.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

As a distance learning school, Penn Foster does not have physical campus facilities. The online student center has a bookstore, e-newsletter, blog and yearbook. The school also has an online library, which is available to all students. In addition to receiving course materials, all students receive textbooks and learning aids after enrolling. Many programs come with toolkits, software or equipment.

Penn Foster's student services promote a supportive learning environment. Even though students learn at their own pace and from their own homes, the school has a toll-free number, which students can call for free instructional support. They can also contact the student center through postal mail or e-mail. The school has a presence on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Areas of Study

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

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.

The undergraduate certificate programs being offered through Penn Foster College are certificate programs, not degree programs.