Penn Foster: Pandemic Support Platform Members News May 6, 2020 Concept With record numbers of job eliminations and displacements in light of COVID-19, Penn Foster is partnering with employers, advisory firms, outplacement agencies, and workforce boards to provide upskilling programs for millions of middle-skilled workers in addition to providing important person and professional development services to support financial planning and stress and time management. Connecting individuals to current or former employers, these programs offer a soft landing, and in some cases, a path to future employment. Offering The Penn Foster Digital Upskilling and Pandemic Support platform displaced workers with online skills development in the areas of health care, retail and hospitality, manufacturing, building trades, and general career readiness plus access to personal and professional health in the form of financial wellness tools and applications and targeted courses to help manage stress, time and personal finance. We are also offering access to state by state unemployment resources to help individuals understand what is available to them in their specific locations. The Penn Foster Upskilling Academy is a digital catalog platform featuring more than 100 courses grouped into core topics and career pathways. Courses range from 5 to 200 hours of learning that can be access on-demand at anytime. Employers and employer partners can select the subset of programs that best fit the profile and upskilling needs of their workforces, then co-brand the online catalog. Penn Foster will host the platform and provide an enrollment engine for learners. Enrolled learners will access their program directly through the Penn Foster Learning Portal. They will be receive academic and motivational support throughout their learning, as well as receive communications directly from Penn Foster designed to promote progression. A representative list of programs includes: Personal finance Stress and time management Communication skills Basic Machinist Bookkeeping Basics Caregiver Skills Career Readiness Bootcamp (English & Spanish) CNC Machining Digital Literacy Industrial Math Industrial Safety Microsoft ® Office Professional Communication Skills Retail Associate Certificate Supervising the Front Line Terminology for Allied Health Careers Clients may also have access to a library of unemployment resources, defined for each state and the District of Columbia.