SCRANTON, Pa., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Penn Foster, Inc., a global leader in online education with over 150,000 students, today announced the "Choose to be More" bike tour in which the school's president, Joe Gagnon, will embark on a 3-day, 6-city bike tour through local communities to bring awareness to education and meet with potential students considering online education.
"Americans need more options for education today and we're taking a non-traditional approach in letting them know that those options exist," said Joe Gagnon, president of Penn Foster. "As the U.S. skills gap continues to widen, we're going on this tour to prove that there are jobs to be had – it's about giving people the qualifications necessary to get them."
The tour will commence on Thursday, October 4th at Penn Foster's headquarters located at: 925 Oak Street, Scranton, PA.
Stops throughout the tour include:
- October 4th, 12:00 PM ET: Penn Foster, 925 Oak Street, Scranton, PA
- October 4th, 4:30 PM ET: Panera, 1427 West Tilghman St., Allentown, PA
- October 5th, 12:00 PM ET: Starbucks, 1201 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
- October 5th, 4:30 ET: Starbucks, 1150 Whithorse Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ
- October 6th, 11:30 AM ET: Café Side Dish, 3 Gateway Center
- October 6th, 4:00 PM ET: Panera, 345 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY
Town-hall style meetings with students will be followed by testimonials from as well as a question and answer round.
As student loan debt tops a staggering $1 trillion (more than car loans or credit card debt) and college tuition costs have risen over twice as fast than overall consumer prices, it's estimated that the average student graduating from a traditional college owes more than $27,000, up 54% from a decade ago. Penn Foster does not take government grants providing a better solution that leaves students debt free. For more information on the bike tour, visit: www.pennfoster.edu/choosetobemore/index.html.
About Penn Foster
Penn Foster is a global leader in online education, providing high school diplomas, career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades. Penn Foster has a rich history in distance learning, tracing back to their roots as the International Correspondence School in 1890. The institution today, comprised of Penn Foster High School, the largest high school in the United States; Penn Foster College and Penn Foster Career School, graduates 25,000 annually, and has always been dedicated to educating and training America's working population.
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