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Program Benefits:

  • Over 30 training programs and career paths to choose from 
  • Mobile-friendly access for anytime, anywhere learning
  • Academic and motivational support from Penn Foster faculty, staff, and coaches

In order to help those who have been displaced and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Constituent Services Worldwide (CSW) has partnered with leading online training provider Penn Foster to offer skills training programs for residents of the greater Washington, D.C. area and worldwide. By enrolling in the program of your choice, you will be able to build the skills you need to bolster your résumé and take the next step in your career.

Browse the full list of programs below and choose the path that best suits you. Your next career move is only a few steps away!

To learn more, visit your local employment services or human services office, or call (888) 550-6259 today!

 

program catalog

CAREER PATHWAY OPTIONS

BUSINESS

Administrative Assistant Career Diploma

Penn Foster’s online Administrative Assistant career diploma program consists of nine courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant for performing administrative assistant jobs in a variety of settings - including corporate businesses, law firms, banks, hospitals, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Administrative Office Procedure
  • Filing and Records Management
  • Technologies in the Workplace
  • Business English
  • Computer Applications
  • Bookkeeping and Office Management

Bookkeeping Career Diploma

Prepare for a career as a professional bookkeeper with Penn Foster's online Bookkeeping Career Diploma. You'll learn a range of topics from assets and liabilities to revenue and expenses, a comprehensive understanding of QuickBooks Online Plus™, and a special final project involving business ownership - all online, and at your own pace.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Assets, Liabilities, and Owner's Equity
  • Revenue, Expenses, and Financial Reports
  • Payroll and Wholesale Accounting
  • End of Month Accounting
  • Excel® for Bookkeeping
  • Computer Applications in Accounting - Quickbooks

E-Business Management Certificate

E-Business management skills can supplement any career path that works with online business. Penn Foster's program can introduce you to important marketing and security awareness concepts within the context of conducting business in an e-commerce environment. Learn how you can advance in your current position or improve your small business’ performance with sharper website management, cyberspace law, and internet security skills.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing
  • Internet Marketing and E-Commerce
  • Internet Security
  • Cyberspace Law
  • Website project Management
  • Advanced E-Commerce Issues
  • Customer Service

Property Management

Penn Foster’s Online Property Management Certificate Program consists of courses that will cover the basics of financial accounting, real estate law, and managing various types of facilities. This program is a great option if you are looking to expand your understanding of property management or take the next step towards your career goals by learning these foundational skills.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Business
  • Managing Building Maintenance and Tenant Relations
  • Financial Accounting and Property Valuation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Property Management: Multifamily and Community Associations
  • Property Management: Commercial and Single Family
  • Risk Management and Fair Housing

Small Business Management

Starting your own business is a dream that many share. Imagine the flexibility and freedom of being your own boss. With training from Penn Foster, you can take the first step towards making this dream a reality. Learn how to independently run your business, and prepare for job responsibilities that include market research, financing and budgets, and maintaining business records.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Choosing Your Business
  • Keys to Success
  • Business Connections
  • Market Research
  • Basics of a Business Plan
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Your Business Structure
  • Financing Your Business
  • Legal Resources and Requirements
  • Marketing that Works
  • Building a Team
  • Putting Your Business Online
  • Preparing a Budget
  • Keeping Business Records

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Forensic Computer Examiner Certificate

The Online Forensic Computer Examiner Certificate Program provides basic training for conducting a high-tech investigation, from acquiring digital evidence to reporting the findings. If you’re someone who is analytical, detail-oriented, organized, and enjoys problem solving, training to step toward becoming a part of this field could be great for you. You'll cover topics on computer security, the privacy of information, criminal threats, cybercrime, digital forensics, and hackers. You’ll review actual cases of computer-based crime as you train at home on your own time, and at a pace that’s right for you.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • PC Hardware
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • PC Maintenance and Repair
  • Network Protocols and Internetworking
  • Internet Server Environments
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Computer-Based Crime
  • Computer Forensics

High School Diploma + IT Pathway

Start working towards a career in information technology while you earn your high school diploma online. Our High School Diploma with a Career Pathway in Information Technology offers information technology electives that can help you explore a career in IT, and give you a head start on learning the basics. Your electives can also transfer into an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems at Penn Foster College or technology career diploma programs at Penn Foster Career School.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Career-specific courses in this program include:

  • Computer Applications
  • Advanced PC Applications
  • Introduction to Programming
  • HTML Coding
  • Introduction to Database Technology
 

ICD-10 Training for ICD-9 Coders Certificate

Penn Foster's online ICD-10 Training for ICD-9 Coders program, in addition to the required ICD-9 medical coding training, is aligned to help you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Through the Medical Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review course, you’ll have the opportunity to take practice exams and a final exam modeled after the CPC test to prepare to sit for exams.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Basic Medical Coding
  • Intermediate Medical Coding
  • Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review

IT Support Specialist Career Diploma

The job market for IT/computer support specialists is expected to grow 10% over the next few years, making now an ideal time to develop in-demand technical skills. Penn Foster’s online IT Support Specialist Career Diploma program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills employers are seeking. Our program will help you understand technology careers, hardware basics, operating system installation, networking protocols, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Workplace Skills for IT Support Specialists
  • Computing Hardware, Networking, and Mobile Devices
  • Operating Systems and Computer Security
  • Network Protocols and Internetworking

LexisNexis® Certificate

Penn Foster’s online LexisNexis® Certificate can help you learn the skills to perform legal research important for working with lawyers, legal assistants, and more. You’ll cover foundational knowledge in Legal Research, Computer-Assisted Research, and more. Students learn how to use LexisNexis® and are given access to Lexis Advance.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Information Literacy
  • Legal Research
  • Computer-Assisted Legal Research

HEALTH & WELLNESS

CDA Credential Preparation

Take the first step toward a career in child care with Penn Foster's Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Preparation program. This affordable, online program will help you prepare for the CDA Credential application — the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. Earning college-level credits at Penn Foster and a CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition can be key stepping stones for advancement in this field.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Career-specific courses in this program include:

  • Orientation to Early Childhood Education
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Child Growth and Development

Certified Personal Trainer Career Diploma

Pursue your passion and help others achieve their fitness goals with Penn Foster. This online personal training certification is designed to teach you important aspects of working as a fitness trainer, from healthy menu planning and weight-loss strategies to targeted fitness routines and anatomy. To be eligible to receive a Certified Personal Trainer career diploma from Penn Foster, students must pass both the Penn Foster program and the NCSF certification exam, which this program will help prepare you to take.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Managing Personal Health
  • Medical Terminology
  • Exercise Science Terminology
  • Fitness Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Muscles in Motion
  • Understanding the Heart and Lungs
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Strengthening the Core, Upper Body, and Lower Body
  • Preventing Injury
  • Personal Fitness programs
  • Leadership Skills

Electronic Medical Records Certificate

Records and Health Information Management careers are projected to see higher than average job growth through 2026. Prepare to take the first steps toward a new career, or advance your current one, in a variety of healthcare settings with Penn Foster’s self-paced, online certificate.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Electronic Health Records

Fitness and Nutrition Certificate

Penn Foster’s online fitness and nutrition certificate program consists of seven courses of study to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the fields of health and nutrition. Fitness and nutrition courses will cover anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, as well stress management, strength and conditioning, and nutrition classes.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Managing Personal Health
  • Medical Terminology
  • Exercise Science Terminology
  • Fitness Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Muscles in Motion
  • Posture, Balance, and Proper Alignment
  • Understanding the Heart and Lungs
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Strengthening the Core, Upper Body, and Lower Body
  • Preventing Injury
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Leadership Skills

Health Information Management Certificate

Records and Health Information Management careers are projected to see higher than average job growth through 2026. With a rapidly aging population and increased demand for healthcare services, an expected 27,800 jobs will open in the next ten years for qualified and trained applicants. This program is designed for those looking to advance their career in the healthcare industry or refresh the essential knowledge needed to stay up to date in a fast-paced field.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Electronic Medical Records

High School Diploma + Pharmacy Technician Pathway

Take the first steps towards a career as a pharmacy technician while you earn your high school diploma online with Penn Foster High School. Our Pharmacy Technician Career Pathway program allows you to work toward a diploma or degree to help you on your path to working in the pharmaceutical industry. Some of your concentration electives in the High School Diploma with Pharmacy Technician program may be transferable to the Penn Foster Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Career-specific courses in this program include:

  • Pharmacy Technician 1
  • Pharmacy Technician 2
  • Pharmacy Technician 3
  • Pharmacy Technician 4
  • Pharmacy Technician 5

Home Health Aide Career Diploma

Take the first steps towards a rewarding career of helping others with Penn Foster’s Home Health Aide program. This program will teach you the skills you need to help you on your journey - whether it’s working for a certified home attendant or hospice agency, private home, or in a community setting. The Home Health Aide program aligns to and exceeds the minimum Federal requirements for Home Health Aide training, including a required externship which allows students to gain supervised practical experience in the Home Health Care field.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to the Home Health Aide Role
  • Therapeutic Communication Skills
  • Body Systems and Medication
  • Home Care Procedures
  • Nutrition
  • Meeting Clients' Needs
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality
  • Externship

Medical Administrative Assistant

Penn Foster's online Medical Administrative Assistant program consists of eight courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant for working in a medical office setting - including doctors' offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and public health clinics.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology and Pharmacology

Medical Assistant Career Diploma

Penn Foster’s online, self-paced Medical Assistant diploma program can help students prepare for industry-standard exams from home. Geared toward building foundational skills, you’ll cover courses from an Introduction to Medical Terminology to a Clinical Procedures lab to build your knowledge in the field.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology and Pharmacology
  • Medical Coding
  • Clinical Procedures Theory
  • Clinical Procedures Lab
  • Externship

Medical Billing and Coding

Take the first step toward a career in the fast-growing health care field of Medical Billing and Coding with Penn Foster. This online program is designed to help you prepare to sit for the Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. The Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review covers practice exams, with a final modeled after the CPC exam, providing career and certification preparation.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology and Pharmacology
  • Medical Coding
  • Billing and Coding Professional Certification Exam Review

SKILLED TRADES

Drafting with AutoCAD

Penn Foster’s online Drafting with AutoCAD program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the field of drafting. Drafting with AutoCAD classes will cover basic sketching and drafting techniques, as well more advanced applications of AutoCAD software.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
  • Sketching and Drafting Fundamentals
  • Geometric Drawing, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing
  • Basic AutoCAD Software Functions
  • Advanced AutoCAD Software Functions
  • Structural and Civil Drafting
  • HVAC and Electrical Schematic Drafting
 

Green Building Practices Certificate

If you’re detail-oriented, enjoy problem solving, and promote environmental friendly living, then add to your skill set with Penn Foster’s Green Building Practices Certificate Program. In this online program, you’ll gain relevant training on building techniques, sustainable design, and practices aimed at reducing the consumption of traditional fossil fuels and energy sources.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Green Building Practices
  • Insulate and Weatherize
 

Home Inspector Career Diploma

Penn Foster’s Online Home Inspector Diploma Program consists of courses that will cover the basics of electrical and mechanical home inspections, from private residences to commercial facilities. Learn what it takes to become a home inspector with a step-by-step, guided tour through the home inspection process.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • The Inspection Process
  • Structural Design
  • Exterior Inspections
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Mechanical Inspections
  • Interior Inspections
  • Professional Practices
 

Home Remodeling and Repair Career Diploma

This program can help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the field of home remodeling and repair. Home repair classes will cover wiring, plumbing, heating, and framing for roofs, walls, and stairs. In addition to receiving instructional videos and a drawing kit, you'll work on hands-on project remodels for basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and additions.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Home Renovation
  • Building Materials and Fasteners
  • Tools and Scaffolds
  • Understanding Construction Drawings
  • Site Preparation, Building Layout, and Foundations
  • Floor, Wall, and Stair Framing
  • Roof Framing
  • Cornices and Roofing
  • Windows, Doors, and Siding
  • Insulation and Drywall Installation
  • Interior Finish
  • Wiring
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Cabinets, Fixtures, and Design
  • Remodeling Projects
 

Landscaping Technology Career Diploma

Combine your love of nature with your creative skills and learn to design beautiful outdoor spaces with Penn Foster's Landscaping Technology program. Our landscaping classes will cover everything from pest management and how to choose plants for your landscape to the proper tools and techniques to create and maintain an attractive and sustainable landscape.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • The Landscape and Horticulture Industry
  • Garden Ecology
  • Landscape Plants
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance
  • Starting and Running Your Landscaping Business
 

Solar PV and Thermal Installation Skills

Get the training that will help you take advantage of the booming solar installation market. Specifically designed for those already working in the skilled trades, Penn Foster's Solar PV and Thermal Installation Skills Program will teach you how to install and maintain solar PV and thermal systems on residential and small commercial buildings in a matter of months — online and at a pace that's right for you.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Orientation to Solar Technology
  • Photovoltaic Components
  • PV Installation, Commissioning, and Troubleshooting
  • Solar Thermal Heating Components
  • Thermal Installation, Commissioning, and Troubleshooting
 

Wildlife and Forestry Conservation

Start turning your passion for the outdoors into a career at Penn Foster. In the Wildlife and Forestry Conservation program, you can learn about important aspects of managing wildlife, parks and forests, as well as understanding safety in nature, conservation issues, and wildlife law enforcement. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum to help you apply your knowledge in a real-world setting, whether working for a government agency, animal conservation group, forestry management service, or other organization.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Conservation, People, Animals, and Habitats
  • Wildlife Management: Upland Game Birds
  • Wildlife Management: Waterfowl
  • Wildlife Management: Small Mammals
  • Wildlife Management: Large Mammals
  • Wildlife Management: Predators
  • Rangelands Management
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Protection
  • Cold-Water Game Fish Management
  • Warm-Water Game Fish Management
  • Aquaculture
  • International Conservation issues
  • Safety in the Field
  • Wildlife Law Enforcement
 

DESIGN

Computer Graphic Artist Career Diploma

As more and more small and large businesses are relying on digital advertising and internet ads, skilled graphic artists and designers are needed to create compelling images for a variety of industries. This program consists of courses geared toward helping students gain foundational knowledge to prepare for a career in the field. Your classes cover an introduction to design, graphic design and production, and how to market yourself as a graphic artist.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Digital Art
  • Color Theory
  • Computer Graphics
  • Elements of Design
  • Illustrations
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design and Production
  • The Home-Based Business
  • Selling Yourself as a Computer Graphic Artist

Dressmaking and Design Career Diploma

Wondering how to be a fashion designer? Take the first step toward a career in dressmaking & design with Penn Foster. This affordable, online program can help you to pursue your passion without the time commitment of earning a fashion degree. With our program, you can learn to sew and build skills to turn your fashion ideas into beautiful and polished pieces designed for the runway.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Sewing
  • The Sewing Machine
  • Fibers and Fabrics
  • Basic Dressmaking Processes
  • Decorative Features
  • Advanced Dressmaking Techniques
  • Line and Design in Fashion
  • Embroidery
  • Garment Decoration
  • Pattern Alteration
  • Alterations and Fitting
  • Drafting Patters from Basic Patters
  • Designing by Draping

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Business Security Certificate

Penn Foster’s flexible online Business Security Certificate program consists of courses geared toward improving your current knowledge of security in your current position or to gain a better understanding of security for enterprises. You’ll cover topics such as an introduction to criminal justice, security and loss prevention, criminal law, computer-based crime, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Private Security
  • Security and Loss Prevention
  • Criminal Law
  • Security: Computer-Based Crime
  • White Collar Crime
  • Security Management

Security Guard

In this program, you will learn the on-the-job skills - like guarding, patrolling, and preventing theft - that can help you pursue a career as a security guard in a variety of settings - including stores, office buildings, hotels, universities, casinos, stadiums, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Security Guard Conduct
  • Civil and Criminal Laws and Liabilities
  • Arrest and Detention
  • Protecting Buildings, Property, and Assets
  • Emergencies, Threats, and Evacuations
  • Investigations

What is Penn Foster?

For over 125 years, Penn Foster's mission has been to enhance the lives of our students and clients through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and credentials that can help them work toward their goals of advancing in their chosen field, starting a new career, or pursuing lifelong learning. Offered entirely online, Penn Foster's programs are designed to work for you - giving you the freedom to learn on your own time and on your own terms.

What is CSW?

Constituent Services Worldwide (CSW) is a multi-faceted Public Benefit Corporation designed to be a catalyst for government initiatives. In part, CSW partners with organizations like Penn Foster to offer in-house training programs that are primarily grant-funded and lead certifications for populations that are unemployed, underemployed or seeking professional development.

How do I enroll in a program?

Once you've decided which program you'd like to enroll in, you can visit your local employment services or human services office. There, a representative can help you enroll in the program of your choice. You can also get the enrollment process started over the phone at (888) 550-6259.

How do I access my online program?

Once you've been enrolled in a program, you will get an automatic email sent to you, which will help walk you through the setup process and gain access to your learner portal. From there, you will have access to all of the course material and can begin learning immediately!

What does it cost to enroll?

Simple answer - nothing! These programs are being offered at absolutely no cost to you.

What are the benefits of Penn Foster's online learning platform?

Penn Foster’s online learning platform provides the following benefits to students:

  • Mobile-friendly solution for on-the-go learning
  • Self-paced programs allow students to learn at a comfortable speed
  • Academic and motivational support along the way to help students achieve success

Where can I reach out for support questions?

For all support related inquiries, you can either send an email to clientsupport@pennfoster.edu or call (800) 587-4541, and someone will be happy to assist you!