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Increasing Opportunities in Appalachia -The AEW Network Blog

Increasing Opportunities in Appalachia -The AEW Network Blog

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Increasing Opportunities in Appalachia is a blog written jointly by IEL staff and local practitioners whose work provides post-high school education and training opportunities in the region. The blog shines a light on successful initiatives and provides readers with information about implementation challenges. For readers interested in learning more about the opportunity being highlighted, information on how to contact the “actors” is also provided.

Owsley County high school students’, their English teacher, and local artist Judy Sizemore stage a production of Homesong, a musical revue giving voice to the community.Engaging, Empowering, And Inspiring Students And Parents In Appalachia

Institute for Educational Leadership Blog by Elaine Weiss, former National Coordinator of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education - 6/20/2019

In Eastern Kentucky, a key objective of Partners for Education (PfE), a non-profit organization housed at Berea College, is to educate the children growing up there about their rich cultural heritage. Instilling in them a sense of their history is, PfE believes, foundational to its goal of raising children who are prepared for post-high school education and training - at Berea or at other post-secondary institutions - and to grow into productive, thriving adults.. READ MORE...

A group of Appalachian Higher Education Network annual conference attendees post around conference signage.Strengthening Postsecondary Education Attainment in Appalachia

Institute for Educational Leadership - July 6, 2016

Over the past decade, more and more first-generation students in Appalachia are attending two- and four-year colleges and universities, participating in certificate programs, and joining the military. A key driver of this progress is the Appalachian Higher Education Network, a peer learning network of regional program and information centers supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The centers provide supports focused on high school transition and postsecondary success. READ MORE...