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What You Get:

  • Access to a variety of online career programs
  • Mobile-friendly access for anytime, anywhere learning
  • Dedicated academic and motivational support

Volt is thrilled to announce the launch of Better U Academy, an online educational benefit exclusively offered to Volt Field Employees. 

All of the "Career Skills Programs" below are FREE for Volt Field Employees, with the exception of the high school diploma option, which will be offered on a self-pay basis. Monthly payment plans for the high school diploma program are available.

Eligible Field Employees can enroll in any of the programs below by clicking the "Enroll Now" button next to your program of choice. With Penn Foster's online, mobile-friendly learning platform, you can gain new skills on the go or from the comfort of your own home at a pace that's flexible to your busy schedule. 

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All active Volt Field Employees are eligible to enroll in courses with Penn Foster. If you are not currently an active Volt Field Employee, please go to https//jobs.volt.com to contact one of Volt’s branches and learn more about available opportunities.

Better U Academy

program catalog

Career Skills Programs

Administrative Assistant Careers

In this course, you’ll learn about administrative office procedures. You'll discover productive ways to cope with stress and how to effectively manage your time. You'll learn about verbal and nonverbal interpersonal communication and how to effectively communicate in a professional setting. You’ll also learn how to make travel arrangements and to plan meetings.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Duration: 37 hours

Lessons include:

  • Stress and Time Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Travel and Meeting Planning

Basic Blueprint Reading

This program will introduce you to print reading as well as special graphics and drawings with different symbols and markings. You'll be able to read important details present in prints. You'll also learn about various abbreviations and drawing conventions which have important information embedded in them. You will learn the fundamentals of reading print or drawing. You’ll learn how dimensions, scales, fits, tolerances, and surface finish are measured in reading print. You’ll also be introduced to the various methods of making prints.

Program Details

Duration: 84 hours

Lessons include:

Course 1: Reading Prints and Schematics

  • 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

Course 2: Elements of Print Reading

  • Elements of Print Reading, Part 1
  • Elements of Print Reading, Part 2

Course 3: Reading Shop Prints

  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 1
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 2

Course 4: Reading Electrical Schematics and Blueprints

  • Reading Electrical Schematic Designs
  • Electrical Blueprint

Bookkeeping Basics

Learn the basics of the bookkeeping industry by enrolling in these introductory courses, which are designed to teach you how to manage accounting books and understand assets, liabilities, and owners equity.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Duration: 22 hours

Lessons include:

  • The Accounting Equation
  • The Books of Accounting
  • Assets, Liabilities, and Owners Equity

Business English

Business English is a basic program focusing on the study of fundamental elements of English needed in business environments. Course work in this program includes topics such as parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and applications in effective writing for a variety of business formats.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Duration: 52 hours

Lessons include:

  • Punctuation and Capitalization 
  • Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives 
  • Verbs, Adverbs, and Other Parts of Speech 
  • Sentences and Spelling 

Call Center Customer Service

In this program, you'll learn how to ensure positive interactions with diverse populations, and explore various channels of communication and strategies for overcoming communication barriers. You'll learn about the importance of teamwork, different roles of team members, characteristics of leadership, and strategies for overcoming conflict employed by successful teams.

Program Details

Duration: 62 hours

Lessons include:

  • Customer Service Matters
  • Feedback, Expectations, and Living
  • Respect
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork

Career Readiness Bootcamp

Refresh your soft skills - the "power skills" you'll need to stand out in any job with this introductory Career Certificate program covering teamwork, planning and organizing, productivity tools, integrity, customer focus, and more.

Program Details

Duration: 40 hours

Lessons include:

  • Personal Skills
  • People Skills
  • Workplace Skills

Caregiver Skills

With skyrocketing healthcare costs, now is a great time to learn how to become a personal caregiver. Learn the importance of human interaction, including verbal and nonverbal communication, the communication feedback loop, barriers, cultural competence, and effective communication techniques. You'll learn how applying communication skills can assist in caring for patients and families to meet their health care needs. Effective communication skills will be covered, along with practices involved with caring for special populations. You’ll also be introduced to law, ethics, and confidentiality considerations for caregivers.

Program Details

Duration: 27 hours

Lessons include:

  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Law in Allied Health
  • Ethics in Allied Health
  • Confidentiality in Allied Health

CNC Machining

With the automation of machines and technologies, many career opportunities working with computer numerical control (CNC) have become available. In this introductory program you'll learn about numerical control history, basics, operations, and machine tools.

Program Details

Duration: 90 hours

Lessons include:

  • Introduction to Computer Numerical Control 
  • Word Address Programming and CAD/CAM 
  • Programming and Operating Machining Centers 
  • Programming and Operating Turning Centers 
  • Alternate Machining Technologies 
  • Conversational Programming 
  • Statistical Process Control 

Electronic Technician

Study basic electronic procedures, linear/digital technology, integrated circuit techniques, and much more in this Online Electronics Technician Program. Take the first steps to prepare for a variety of electronic technician jobs by learning how to install, repair, maintain, or even sell hi-tech electronic equipment. This program is also recognized by the Electronics Technicians Association International (ETA-I).

Program Details

Duration: 700 hours

Lessons include:

  • Industrial Safety and Quality Concepts
  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Practical Measurements
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Introduction to Electronics
  • Conductors and Resistors
  • Electronic Hardware and Test Equipment
  • Passive and Active Electronic Components

  • AC Circuits
  • Resonant
  • Advanced Electronic Components
  • Electronic Sensors and Devices
  • Electronic Circuits and Power
  • Component Testers
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Reading Electrical Schematics and Blueprints
  • Print Reading
  • Basic Measurements
  • Troubleshooting Electronic Equipment and Systems
  • Logic Circuits
  • Linear and Digital Integrated Circuits

Guest Services and Hospitality

Develop the necessary skills to ensure success in guest services and hospitality. Identify the appropriate aspects of a professional image, along with addressing common hygiene issues that employees can face when entering the workforce for the first time. Additionally, you'll examine the concept of professional ethics, the importance of ethics, and the impact of unethical behavior on both the employee and the company. Study guest confidentiality, attendance, proper meeting/training etiquette, and work area maintenance.

Program Details

Duration: 32 hours

Lessons include:

  • Introduction to Guest Services
  • A Service Culture
  • Professional Conduct and Appearance
  • Professional Ethics
  • Professional Communication
  • Quality Customer Service
  • Problem Solving

Industrial Safety

In this course, you will learn a variety of safety skills relevant in multiple different environments, from chemical to fire to electrical and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Duration: 45 hours

Lessons include:

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

Introduction to Drafting and Computer-Aided Design

This program will provide students with foundational skills in the area of drafting and design. Learn the basics of computer-aided design and technical drawings by diving into sketching, print reading, and the real-world applications of these practices.

Program Details

Duration: 97 hours

Lessons include:

  • The Drafter's World
  • Size and Shape Description
  • Computer-Aided Design Basics
  • Sketching
  • Orthographic Projection
  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Print Reading Applications

Introduction to Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a thriving industry. Nearly every product you consume has been manufactured in some way and every advancement in technology is leading to more and more opportunities in this critical field. To understand how the manufacturing industry works, you'll first need to learn the basics. This course will guide you through the "who, what, when, how, and why" behind the manufacturing industry, laying a valuable foundation for the rest of your studies. You'll also get a brief introduction to different manufacturing methods than you'll study more in-depth as your learning progresses.

Program Details

Duration: 29 hours

Lessons include:

  • The What, When, and Who of Manufacturing

  • The How and Why of Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing Methods

Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

Allied health careers are in high demand. Learn about the reimbursement process and the various methodologies involved, such as fee-for-service and episode-of-care methodologies. You’ll study important information regarding payment systems, fee schedules, chargemasters, coding, and the internal audit process. Learn the fundamentals and types of health insurance and provides test preparation for the certification exam. You’ll also be introduced to law, ethics, and confidentiality considerations for caregivers.

Program Details

Duration: 49 hours

Lessons include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law in Allied Health
  • Ethics in Allied Health
  • Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance

Microsoft® Excel®

This program will teach you how to use Microsoft® Excel®. You'll learn how to use Microsoft® Excel® to organize and format data, including charts, formulas, and more complex tables.

Program Details

Duration: 23 hours

Lessons include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Excel Graded Project

Microsoft® Office®

This online Microsoft® Office 2016 training program can help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve your Microsoft® Office skills in a variety of work environments. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft® Word,™ Excel,® and PowerPoint,® as well as how to integrate Microsoft® Office applications. Software not included.

Program Details

Duration: 105 hours

Lessons include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Integrating Word and Excel
  • Integrating Word, Excel, and Other Data into PowerPoint

Small Business Management Career Diploma

Never before have so many people around the world taken their fate into their own hands by starting their own businesses. With the technological advances that are available now—including overnight delivery services, intercontinental services, secure online ordering and banking, broadband Internet availability, and new forms of rapid communication—starting your own business, anytime, anywhere, has never been easier. You’re at the threshold of an exciting opportunity that could change the course of your life. As you work your way through this course, you’ll be preparing yourself for the challenges and rewards that await you in owning your own business.

Program Details

Duration: 201 hours

Lessons include:

  • Choosing Your Business
  • Keys to Success
  • Business Connections
  • Market Research
  • 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

Supervising the Front Line

In this program, you will gain the essential, foundational skills you need to become a Frontline Supervisor. You'll learn about proper supervision and leadership skills, how to better communicate as a supervisor, how to manage the performance of your workers, and more!

Program Details

Duration: 46 hours

Lessons include:

  • Supervision and Leadership
  • Communication for Supervisors
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills for Supervisors
  • Personnel and Performance Management for Supervisors
  • Team Building for Supervisors

Penn Foster High School (Self-Pay)

Penn Foster High School

Earn your high school diploma online with Penn Foster by enrolling in this program. Penn Foster's nationally-accredited high school completion program consists of 21.5 credits (transfer credit accepted) and each course is broken down into small mobile-friendly lessons to help you on your journey.

Tuition Details:

$850 (Full Pay Option)

OR

$85 down payment and $85/month for the next 9 months

Who is eligible for Better U Academy?

All Field Employees who have received at least one payment for work from Volt are eligible to enroll in any of the Better U Academy programs.

How do I enroll in a program?

After reviewing the programs listed on this page, click on the "Enroll Now" button to fill out the enrollment request form. After your request has been reviewed and approved, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to log into the online learning portal to start your program.

Can I enroll in multiple programs at once?

No, you may only enroll in one program at a time. To enroll in the next program, you first must finish your current program.

If I don't like the program I enrolled in, can I switch?

You may cancel or change a program by contacting Penn Foster by phone at 800-233-0259 or by email at clientsupport@pennfoster.edu to formally process a cancellation, and then you will have to re-enroll through the application process into your new program of choice.

How do I access the courses?

All course content will be delivered through Penn Foster's Student Portal. You will have access to your course content upon logging into the Portal for the first time.

Will I have access to my courses after my assignment ends?

If you are already enrolled in a course and your assignment ends, you will continue to have access to the course until you complete it or the course expires. If you are not enrolled in a course and your assignment ends, you will have 60 days remaining of eligibility to enroll.

What is Penn Foster?

Penn Foster is a leader in online education, offering career training solutions for in-demand careers in technology, business, various trades, healthcare, and more. These programs are offered online and can completed at a pace that's comfortable for you. As a Penn Foster learner, you also receive 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.

What are the benefits of online learning?

As a Volt Field Employee, we know you have a busy schedule. By delivering these programs online on a mobile-friendly platform, you are offered the flexibility to learn when and where you want. Furthermore, our programs are self-paced so you can move through the content at a speed that's right for you.