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One reputed and a famous hybrid career development education specialist of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Penn Foster Career School stands strong as one of the few active online education systems to have been an underdog virtual education institution and that of the States. Located to the center County of the capital city of Pennsylvania, this school happens to be one of the vocational institutions of Pennsylvania which started as a part of state of the art Penn Foster. PFCS as the short-form of its name, it was founded in the year of 1890 which defines its prolonged stay in the States.

The foundation of PFCS is also one to be known about. The school is believed to the first of its kind that was changed of its first character or parent on the year 1890 and which was founded by the then known newspaper editor, Thomas J. Foster. The name Penn Foster Career School was the second choice when Penn Foster College was considered the enticing one among the institutes and the year 1958 saw the inauguration and launch of operations of the then named International Correspondence Schools or ICS in short. The request made by the coal miners of the place for their working safety was also a key factor to the establishment of the institution and its name of the PFCS. When the PFCS started to offer the courses relating to various educational terms like online non-credit courses and instruction, it was considered appropriate to name the school, an ICS school and hence a previously named International Correspondence School was founded. As for the later part, it had long time of struggles coming when state related problems of bankruptcy of its overtaking parent company too were affiliated to the institute. Then the year 1900 brought the so-called ICS course to its aid and from there the institution was overseen by their future owners who were the Thomson Corporation.


It was not easy for the PFCS to make it this far on just easy basis. The hurdles were like the destined prospects to the PFCS and it had to pass each one to face the next. But that did not head-back the PFCS from getting up-close and personal with its aim. The hurdles appeared in various forms, one of which being the Academics Division. It was not at all easy for the PFCS as it was as good as it got when distance learning students rattled the foundations of the PFCS. Either be a local student, coal miner or the any other member, all were signing up to take up a coaching class for themselves at the time of provided facility. This left a supportive PFCS on its peak as it was named one of the major career hubs for the certificates and the career diplomas. This was all due to the promotion of the PFCS to the educational excellence and test preparation through the provision of world-class facilities in courses. An institution with all the accreditations is one with all-supportive government and PFCS is a complete example of the Pennsylvania’s excellence. Having being licensed by Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and also being recognized by Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council people were bound to have considerable titles for the PFCS and all to the courtesy of the excellence of the provided postsecondary programs.

Not only this, the after-event time was kind of fruitful for the PFCS when the craze of the names of Better Business Bureau used by the institution was reaching a never-before-seen height. The following years saw PFCS as one of the few schools to have been a host of the local and international degrees and that saw students flowing over to make way to get a part in the programs. The institution and its students had to show-off their hosting skills in a good range. This sudden but sustained increase in the flow of events had the PFCS to renovate and build a better online domain needed for the students to get into and improve their skills. This was the start to life of major men and women candidates of the interested field. When the increase in the students was seen, it was without the doubt for the PFCS to get itself a new and improved division of programs such as:

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Creative/Design
  • Drafting
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Legal Studies
  • Natural Health
  • Technology
  • Trades areas.

All these new and improved renovations and re-division was an unknown and obvious step of PFCS slowly turning into a one classified school with an online domain of domestic as well as distance learning.

Then came the fresh and exciting yet one challenging step, the Study Part. When the number of the enrolling International Students did get on the front foot, the school was now facing the increase in rate of students at 30%. The demands of the new technology based era were catching up to PFCS’s Board Members which lead to the adding of the New Offerings , a one with so rare and excellent technology that it got the PFCS to be the first ever institution of Pennsylvania to offer it to the students. When that was accomplished, PFCS was now offering a whopping 100, for their subjects, of diploma and the certificate programs all relating to the educational needs of the students and also the 200 periodical skills gap cancelling programs. Being in the state-of-the-art era for some considerable time has lead PFCS to become a socially active institute which has performed in about thousands of periodical articles whenever in need for the students both online and offline.