WELCH, WV (WVNS) — On January 9, 2018, Cell phone giant AT&T donated $200,000 to support McDowell County’s high school mentoring program for the next two years. It adds on top of another $300,000 contribution that program organizers say helped 57 at-risk high school students to graduate and enroll in college or join the military. McDowell County schools superintendent Nelson Spencer is ecstatic on the continuing potential this has for future students.
“It’s not the entire thing,” Spencer said. “It’s a piece that helps us move our students in the right direction and we’re very happy to receive it. “
Reconnecting McDowell says the county’s high school graduation rate has jumped from 74 to 88 percent while college enrollment has also increased from 25 to 40 percent.