CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 18, 2011) – Frontier Communications has presented $300,000 to The Education Alliance to expand WV eMentoring, a volunteer-driven mentoring program that uses technology to help high school students explore their post-secondary options.
The Education Alliance, West Virginia's premier statewide, nonprofit research and K-12 public education fund, launched WV eMentoring this year. Alliance officials said the funding will be used to expand the program to serve 25 high-poverty high schools with low post-secondary enrollment rates. The initiative will be expanded statewide within two years.
"Frontier eagerly supports the Alliance's e-Mentoring program, which is designed to give more students a clearer picture of their educational and career options," said Dana Waldo, senior vice president for Frontier Communications in West Virginia. "Frontier wants to see West Virginia's children reach their potential, and this program uses technology to help achieve that goal."
WV eMentoring pairs the traditional mentoring concept with online activities that keep students engaged and help volunteers get involved without taking time away from work. Through the WV eMentoring process, a high school student is matched with an adult whose experiences are in the student's career fields of interest. Mentors and students interact electronically through a secure e-mail system, and students learn about the high school courses they need to pursue their career goals and create a personalized post-secondary education and career profile.
"Internet-based mentoring and video-conference technologies can help students develop career goals and fill the career-guidance planning gap," said Dr. Patricia Kusimo, president/CEO of The Education Alliance. "Research shows students with career goals are more likely to complete their education, have higher self-esteem and more positive attitudes about their future and what they are learning."
Frontier made the donation to The Education Alliance under an agreement with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.