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BSC Outreach Director to Participate in Statewide Forum to Address State and National High School Dropout Problem (w/photo)

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    Friday, June 11 2010
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Sarita_Rhonemus(Bluefield)—Sarita Rhonemus, Director of Outreach Programs at Bluefield State College has accepted an invitation from West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to participate in a forum to address the high school dropout problem in West Virginia and throughout the nation. Rhonemus remarked, “I am delighted to be a part of this critical conversation to make student success and high school graduation the only option in West Virginia,” Rhonemus noted, “and I also look forward to working with colleagues to develop next steps to put failure behind us.” 

The forum will consider research findings from a National Governors Association-funded study to address the reasons for, and challenges posed by, high school dropouts.  Almost one-third of students, nationally, and one-fourth of students in West Virginia do not graduate from high school.

The June 30 forum in Charleston will bring together a working group of educators, business and community leaders, higher education representatives, and policy makers to consider data yielded by the study, after which the forum attendees will discuss how their organizations can work together to tackle this challenge.