Press Release

Reconnecting McDowell Partnership Brings West Virginia High School Students To Washington to Explore College, Job World

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Friday, June 20, 2014


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—As part of the Reconnecting McDowell partnership's efforts to lift up the economically depressed McDowell County, W.Va., and help its young people thrive, about 20 McDowell high school students at risk of dropping out will visit Washington, D.C.-area college campuses, Capitol Hill offices and businesses next week.

The three-year "Broader Horizons" program, funded with a $300,000 AT&T Aspire contribution, enables about 20 McDowell high school students to have mentors, visit college campuses and engage in job shadowing to help them see what is possible if they stay in school and study hard.

Reconnecting McDowell, initiated by the American Federation of Teachers, now has more than 125 partners working to revitalize the educational, economic and social services of McDowell County—the eighth poorest county in the United States.

To interview the students during the week, contact Janet Bass. Highlights of next week's schedule:

Monday, June 23
10 a.m. University of Maryland, College Park: Visit student-run broadcast studios and tour campus
3 p.m. Georgetown University: Visit and talk about preparing and financing a college education

Tuesday, June 24
12 p.m. Visit with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), 306 Hart Senate Office Building
2 p.m. Visit with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Wednesday, June 25
10 a.m. NBC studios: Tour and talk about careers in the media
1 p.m. AT&T, 1133 21st St. N.W.: Talk about careers in technology and experience the "It Can Wait" texting-driving simulator

Thursday, June 26
3 p.m. National Zoo: Visit and talk with animal caretakers

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.