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What you get:

  • Mobile-friendly access for anytime, anywhere learning
  • Penn Foster faculty, educational specialists, and coaches available for support
  • Set your own schedule and learn at your own pace

SmartTalent is partnering with Penn Foster to offer career-focused skills training programs at no cost to our valued associates! Through this partnership, you can now enroll in any of the programs below to advance your skills in your trade of choice. Offered on Penn Foster's mobile-friendly platform, these programs provide you with the flexibility to learn when and where you want, at a pace that's right for you. 

Taking these courses will allow you to increase your skills, demonstrate your focus and discipline, and open doors to new opportunities. 

Apply today! 

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

ALL PROGRAMS

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant training program provides students with an understanding of the various skills needed to manage tasks in an office setting while teaching them various business skills such as writing and math. Students will learn how to use a variety of computer applications as well.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Stress and Time Management
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Records Management
  • Math for the Office Professional
  • Business Writing
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Approximate Study Time: 460 hours

Basic Blueprint Reading

This program provides students with the skills needed to understand the various types of blueprints, shop prints and schematics used in an industrial environment.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Print-Reading Symbols and Abbreviations
  • Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Print Reading Applications
  • Building Drawings
  • Electrical Drawings and Circuits
  • Electronic Drawings
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Drawings
  • Piping: Drawings, Materials, and Parts

  • Welding Symbols
  • Sheet Metal Basics
  • Sketching
  • Elements of Print Reading, Part 1
  • Elements of Print Reading, Part 2
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 1
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 2
  • Reading Electrical Schematic Diagrams
  • Electrical Blueprint Reading

Approximate Study Time: 120 hours

Business Literacy

The Business Literacy skills training program provides the basic business and communication skills employees need to succeed. This program is suitable to entry-level employees as well as those looking to upgrade their business foundation skills

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Practical English
  • Writing for Business

Approximate Study Time: 160 hours

Career Readiness Bootcamp

The Career Readiness Bootcamp program consists of ten lessons. Through each lesson you’ll learn key skills for workplace and career success, from using core technology tools to understanding professional etiquette.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Starting Your Program
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Decision-Making and Problem-Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Working with Tools and Technology

Approximate Study Time: 20 hours

Career Readiness Bootcamp (in Spanish)

The Career Readiness Bootcamp program consists of ten lessons, conducted in Spanish. Through each lesson you’ll learn key skills for workplace and career success, from using core technology tools to understanding professional etiquette.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Starting Your Program
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Decision-Making and Problem-Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Working with Tools and Technology

Approximate Study Time: 20 hours

Industrial Safety

The Industrial Safety training program provides students with specific procedures for handling various materials, operating different kinds of machinery, and performing various tasks safely while at the same time ensuring maximum organizational productivity. Students will learn a variety of safety skills relevant to working in multiple different environments, from chemical to fire to electrical and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Trades Safety: Getting Started
  • Working Safely with Chemicals
  • Fire Safety
  • Safe Handling of Pressurized Gasses and Welding
  • Working Safely with Electricity
  • Material-Handling safety
  • Machine Safety
  • Advanced Electrical Safety
  • Quality Concepts: Tools and Applications

Approximate Study Time: 35 hours

Industrial Math

This program covers the principles of business and industrial math, from the basic operations through industrial math concepts like practical measurements, bulk measurement and fluid measurement.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions, Percents, Proportions, and Angles
  • Metric System
  • Formulas

  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Linear Distance and Measurement
  • Bulk Measurement
  • Temperature Measurement
  • Energy, Force, and Power
  • Fluid Measurement

Approximate Study Time: 30 hours

Microsoft Office 2016 Essentials

Penn Foster’s Online Microsoft® Office 2016 Certificate Program consists of courses that will cover the basics of Microsoft® Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®. You’ll also learn how to integrate Office applications, including Word,™ Excel®, and PowerPoint®. Additionally, you’ll receive hands-on projects after each course.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office 2016 Integration

Approximate Study Time: 120 hours

Production Basics

This program will provide learners with an introduction to the set of skills needed for a career in production. Students will learn how to use various power tools for cutting, drilling, woodworking, and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Common Hand Tools
  • Precision Measuring Instruments
  • Electric Drilling and Grinding Tools
  • Power Cutting Tools
  • Pneumatic Tools
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Tools
  • Electricians' Tools
  • Tool Grinding and Sharpening
  • Woodworking Hand Tools
  • Routers, Power Planers, and Sanders
  • Jacks, Hoists, and Pullers
  • Process-Pressure Measure and Control Instruments
  • Fluid-Flow Measuring and Control Instruments
  • Temperature Measuring and Control Instruments
  • Precision Measuring Instruments
  • Properties of Materials

Approximate Study Time: 160 hours

Quality Control

The Quality Control program provides learners with the analytical skills and statistical techniques to monitor, inspect and test products and manufacturing processes.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Linear and Distance Measurement
  • Bulk Measurement
  • Temperature Measurement
  • Energy, Force, and Power
  • Fluid Measurement
  • Elements of Print Reading
  • Reading Shop Prints
  • Dimensioning
  • Tolerancing and Symbols
  • Sectional Views and Simplified Drafting
  • Quality Concept Terminology
  • Precision Measuring Instruments
  • Logarithms
  • Time Study
  • Operational Analysis

Approximate Study Time: 220 hours

Warehouse Basics

This program will provide learners with an introduction to the warehouse business and will teach them the basics of physical distribution, rigging, troubleshooting, and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Jobs, Companies, and the Economy - Basic Concepts for the Employee
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting
  • Sales Records and Reports
  • Managing Physical Distribution
  • Selling Your Ideas
  • Properties of Materials
  • Rigging: Lifting Equipment and Applications

Approximate Study Time: 80 hours

What is Penn Foster?

Founded in 1890, Penn Foster was one of the first pioneers of distance learning. With more than 30,000 graduates each year across the United States, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are self-paced and personalized. Our affordable programs give students the flexibility to learn around their own schedules, with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. 

How do I get started? 

To apply, click "Apply Now" next to the program of your choice from the options above. You will be notified of any next steps after your application has been accepted.

What are the benefits of online learning?

As a SmartTalent associate, we know you have a busy schedule. By delivering these programs online on our mobile-friendly platform, we offer you the flexibility to learn where and when you want - whether it's at home, commuting to work, or on your breaks. Furthermore, our programs are self-paced so you can move through the content at a speed that's right for you.

How much does it cost for me to take the courses?

If you are an eligible SmartTalent associate, nothing! Penn Foster programs are free for all eligible SmartTalent associates.

What happens once I'm approved for a program?

Upon being accepted into a program, you will automatically receive a Welcome Email with details on how to login. This email will provide your Student ID and a link to log in to the Penn Foster Student Portal for the first time!

How do I access the courses?

All course content will be delivered through Penn Foster’s Student Portal. All students will have access to their course content upon login into the Portal for the first time. Once logged in, click on “Program and Courses” in the left navigation bar to see the courses in your program. You can also get started directly from your dashboard by clicking “Start” on your home dashboard.

Who can I contact for support?

For all support-related inquiries, please call 1-800-231-3054 or email indust@pennfoster.edu.

Where will I receive printed materials related to my program?

Most courses will be delivered online, though some will require textbooks. Should your program require printed materials such as a textbook, those items will be shipped directly to your home address. When you enroll, please be sure to fill out your home address so these items can be shipped accordingly if necessary.