The online school has helped me a great deal as I have a busy schedule and have little time for scheduling class time at a campus. I researched Penn Foster before beginning classes with the Dept. of Education. The organization in which they are accredited (Distance Education and Training Council-DETC) is accepted by the Dept. of Education as a legitimate college for obtain degrees.
I found the monthly installment payments to benefit me. I pay ahead a few months, to be advanced on my payments. Less worries for me. I have had NO problems with Webinars, The online system or anything of technical issues. I gather some people may have an old computer, or a system that requires updated software, or perhaps they don't know how to operate a computer well. However, I do.
I also obtained a certificate in Microsoft Office 2010 before beginning my studies in Business Management. When my software arrived I attempted to download it to my operating system. As it was trying to overwrite my current software I was finding my laptop to be troublesome with the new program. So I called Penn Foster. I only had to speak to ONE agent before I was transferred to the Professor to instruct me further. He was tremendously helpful and extremely kind. I enjoyed his help and found that my problem was actually a simple one, which I was able to fix myself, with his guidance.
I save the best for last. I am thoroughly impressed with the materials I have received from Penn Foster. The Introduction to Business is thorough and concentrated. The study guides have proved to be necessary and do help focus on areas that WILL be on the examinations. I am preparing to take a Proctored Exam.
Proctored Exams are a way for the school to prove its own credibility and yours as a long distance student. Proctored exams, under the monitoring of pre-approved proctors (who have a degree) simply help to monitor students as they take important examinations without the help of the internet or online materials; or any help from outside individuals with the answers for the questions on their Finals. I'm excited to finally take my final exam.
For anyone who has had technical difficulties with your laptops or computers while taking webinars, I am certain that no one can aid you if all you need is a new computer, java or flash script ability. I believe the school will do all they can to assist you with your technical issues as they did me.
Too much blame and finger pointing on the school. Sometimes it is the student late with payments or getting their classes accomplished. Just because it is a Distance Learning Institution doesn't mean that we can just neglect our classes, webinars or payments. There still must be a schedule, I believe, to obtain goals. I rank Penn Foster highly among Distance Learning institutions.