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Enhance Career and Education Outcomes for Aspiring Youth

YouthBuild USA and Penn Foster partner to offer learners an extensive portfolio of career-focused online diplomas, degrees, and certificates.

Learners can progress through Penn Foster’s Accredited High School Completion program or gain skills and industry credentials for entry level employment with career diplomas and ACE-accredited individual college course.

Penn Foster is dedicated to assisting new and existing YouthBuild partnerships every step of the way.

At a Glance


The YouthBuild USA + Penn Foster Partnership

YouthBuild USA and Penn Foster partnered to offer educational packages tailored specifically to the needs of YouthBuild programs and learners, while also delivering cost savings and dedicated support. To inform the development of these packages, YouthBuild USA held focus groups with local programs to research how they were utilizing existing Penn Foster resources and to understand their educational needs. These Penn Foster offerings are now available to all YouthBuild programs, including DOL grantees and YouthBuild USA affiliates.

Trusted by over 80 YouthBuild locations, Penn Fosters High School Diploma program is specifically designed specifically for young adults in YouthBuild. Our accredited 21 credit curriculum features support functions available to your students to help drive completions and success. View our full curriculum to learn more

Partnership Models

A Variety of Partnership Models to Fit Your Needs


Individual YouthBuild locations partnered with Penn Foster to meet specific academic and training needs. Your YouthBuild location may be be a DOL grantee or a non-grantee.


Between two or more local YouthBuild programs in a region or state. By pooling financial resources, you can maximize Penn Foster partnership offerings.


Statewide partnership between YouthBuild and Penn Foster. All affiliate networks have access to relevant offerings such as secondary, vocational, and college programs.

Before our YouthBuild program started using Penn Foster, 40% of students were able to earn their GED. Since partnering with Penn Foster, we have seen a significant increase in diploma attainment to 80%.”
Rachel Harris
YouthBuild Coordinator, Community Development Support Association's YouthBuild
"The accreditation of the Penn Foster High School program has added much credibility to our program in the eyes of the community here in north central Florida."
Jonathan Leslie
CEO, YouthBuild Gainesville
"Not only did Penn Foster increase our credential outcomes, increase our literacy and numeracy outcomes (basic skills assessments), and increase exposure to technology, but it also challenged the way our young people thought about academic success."
Nicole Rosenbaum
YouthBuild Program Manager, OhioGuidestone
"Penn Foster allows our students to continue their diploma completion at home! We have utilized virtual sessions to help tutor our students during COVID-19."
Kartav Patel
Senior Manager, Youth Services and Programs YouthBuild Blueprint of Detroit
"Four years of high school became accessible to participants in 6 months’ time. Participants who once stated “I’ll never get my GED,” were walking in to our building now saying, “When I get my High School Diploma..."
Nicole Rosenbaum
YouthBuild Program Manager, OhioGuidestone

High School + English Language Training

Become proficient in English while earning your High School Diploma

Penn Foster's High School + English Language Training program is designed to teach English and improve English-speaking proficiency online before learners proceed to Penn Foster's accredited high school diploma curriculum. Through a partnership with EnGen, a virtual language upskilling platform, learners will have personalized English language training as part of their standard coursework.

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High School + Career Pathways

Expand Career Pathways

Create pathways for learners towards in-demand careers or advanced learning. In conjunction with their high school courses, learners can choose from career pathway concentrations to gain applicable knowledge and skills specific to a leading career. 

Pathway programs include electives in: 

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Child Care
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early College
  • Electrical
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinary Assistant
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Career Diploma & Certificate Programs

A Digital Learning Platform Designed for the Working Learner

Our modern training platform makes it easy to reskill and upskill learners for today’s in-demand roles. With interactive learning aids, fresh content, and ample support resources, you can be sure your employees are getting comprehensive training in high-growth industries, including healthcare, skilled trades, and veterinary health. Get a glimpse into the Penn Foster learning experience and how we can help support your business goals.

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