BOSTON — May 11, 2021 — Penn Foster, which partners with employers and working learners around the country to create new pathways to economic opportunity, today announced the release of an updated training program designed to help individuals access careers in the fast-growing construction industry. Now available to workers and job-seekers across the country, Penn Foster’s Construction Trades Career Diploma includes dynamic content and assessments designed to both improve accessibility and align training with the demands of employers.

Penn Foster’s short-form online programs are designed to provide new pathways to career opportunities that are both accessible and affordable for working learners. The Construction Trades Career Diploma will include interactive simulations to help learners practice core construction skills like design techniques and principles, and master the use of construction materials, processes, and tools. It will also feature more frequent, low-stakes assessments to give learners and faculty information about performance and skill attainment.

“As the country prepares to build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for skilled workers in the construction industry will only continue to accelerate,” said Dara Warn, Chief Customer Officer at Penn Foster. “This is about ensuring that working learners around the country can learn the skills they need to access fulfilling, resilient careers—in the industries that will be mission critical to our economic recovery.”

Penn Foster’s curriculum in middle-skill fields, including veterinary, healthcare, and skilled trades, is used by more than 300,000 learners each year. Through partnerships with leading employers and workforce organizations, from Guild Education and YouthBuild to Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, Penn Foster provides training and reskilling programs backed by sophisticated labor market analytics that help job-seekers and working learners access opportunities in high-growth industries.

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