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Parkersburg High's Navy ROTC program reinstated

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Parkersburg High School soon will see its Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program reinstated.

That's because the program has sustained for two years an enrollment level that qualifies it for federal funding. The program had lost its funding in 2011 after enrollment fell to an all-time low.

"After Parkersburg High School lost its NJROTC funding, the community did what West Virginians do best: bind together to support a cause they believe in," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. "It's remarkable what the Parkersburg community did to bring this important program back to Parkersburg High School. Now it can reclaim its important place in the community and begin to enrich the lives of high school students now and in the future." 

After the PHS NJROTC program was canceled in 2011, Rockefeller received an overwhelming response from the Parkersburg community in which they asked for his help to begin the process of restoring the program. Rockefeller worked with the Secretary of the Navy's office and the Admirals at the NJROTC program headquarters to develop a plan that would get PHS on a track to become re-eligible for Navy funding.

Because of the cooperation between Rockefeller's office, the Navy and a commitment from the Parkersburg community to bring the program back, PHS was able to restore enrollment to a level that made it eligible again for Navy funds. The PHS NJROTC program also met the Navy's requirement that they sustain a qualifying level of enrollment of more than 100 students for two years. The Secretary of the Navy today told Rockefeller that PHS NJROTC satisfied the funding criteria and they are now ready to restore the program's funding.