SOURCE: Penn Foster

Penn Foster

August 15, 2017 09:00 ET

Penn Foster Now Offers Graduates Secure Electronic Diplomas

New Service Provides Fast and Easy Access to Credential

SCRANTON, PA--(Marketwired - August 15, 2017) - Penn Foster, a leading skills solutions organization focused on providing competencies, career pathways, and employment matching for today's evolving workforce, has taken the next step in its partnership with Parchment and is now offering Penn Foster graduates the option of receiving a digital diploma. This new "eDiploma" service will allow new graduates fast, easy, and secure access to proof of their accomplishment, as well as empower on average more than 1,300 alumni annually who request a replacement diploma.

"The streamlined eDiploma will aid in Penn Foster's mission to meet the needs of the modern workforce," said Dara Warn, Chief Outcomes Officer of Penn Foster. "Our students need portable credentials, and Parchment's accessible digital credential offers huge value to our learners."

Penn Foster partnered with Parchment in 2013, building out a platform that allows students to automate the transcript ordering process-an enhancement that saw triple digit growth in orders. The two organizations are now teaming up to roll out the eDiploma feature to Penn Foster's domestic and international high school, career school, and certificate graduates.

"We're pleased to expand our partnership with Penn Foster, enabling them to be one of the first to offer digital diplomas for their learners," said Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment. "We believe a single experience for ordering and sending all credentials electronically is core to a forward-looking credential strategy. Penn Foster is setting the stage for future growth and innovation and we're thrilled to be a part of it."

The eDiploma will be securely emailed directly to students or to another institution upon request with a Parchment Blue Ribbon Security document stating the validity of the eDiploma. With documents arriving in students' inboxes 15 minutes after placing their order, graduates now have quick access to their diplomas for any situation that may arise. The entire process has been automated, providing a seamless experience for graduates to confidently prepare to take the next steps in their careers.

About Penn Foster

Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 40,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit https://www.pennfoster.edu.

About Parchment

Parchment is the most widely-adopted academic credential management system available, allowing learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify, and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people and thousands of schools and universities exchange more than 30 million transcripts and other credentials globally. Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in Roseville, CA, Denver, CO, Grand Rapids, MI, Toronto, ON and Washington, DC. Follow Parchment on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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