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For 125+ years Penn Foster has been providing proven workforce training to 700+ organizations. Today, Gould Construction Institute has partnered with Penn Foster to offer education and training programs to anyone interested in starting or growing their career in the construction industry. 

These online, self-paced programs provide easy access to high-quality trade and career development learning material.  If you’re interested in starting a job in construction or building your skills to advance your construction career choose an online program and enroll today. 


Intro to Construction                        $149.00

This 6 lesson construction training program teaches a range of topics to prepare workers for different fields in the construction industry.  Beginning with trades safety this program covers liner and distance measurement; fractions, percentages, proportions, and angles; common hand tools; and power cutting tools.  

Blueprint Reading                             $229.00

The Blueprint Reading programs teaches learners the basics behind how to read blueprints. Key concepts taught in this 14 lesson program include:
  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Print-Reading Symbols & Abbreviations
  • Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Print Reading Applications
  • Building Drawings
  • Electrical Drawings & Circuits
  • Electronic Drawings
  • Hydraulic & Pneumatic Drawings
  • Piping: Drawings, Materials & Parts
  • Welding Symbols
  • Sheet Metal Basics
  • Sketching
  • Elements of Print Reading
  • Reading Shop Prints
  • Reading Electrical Schematic Diagrams
  • Electrical Blueprint Reading 

Basic Math                                    $149.00

This math program covers the principles of business and industrial math, from basic operations like addition and multiplication through formulas and algebra. Upon finishing the 6 lessons in the program students will understand key concepts including fractions, proportions and the metric system. 

Business Literacy                         $249.00

The Business Literacy program has 18 lessons and covers the core concepts behind business communication and technical writing while improving the overall writing quality of the student. Lessons include:
  • Using Words Well
  • Writing Effective Communications
  • Organizing, Researching & Illustrating Your Material
  • Writing the Report
  • Proposals & Special Projects
  • The Parts of Speech
  • Word Usage
  • Sentence Skills
  • The Writing Process, Pars 1 & 2
  • Writing Business Communications
  • Designing Business Communications
  • Writing Effectively
  • Researching & Documenting
  • Writing Proposals 

Career Readiness Bootcamp                 $179.00

Career Readiness Bootcamp consists of 10 lessons and is focused on helping you sharpen nine soft skills employers value. This program is designed to keep you moving forward with fun and engaging curriculum.
Key skills covered :
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Working with Tools & Technology