SCRANTON (February 27, 2013) - Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education designed to address the skills gap in America, today announced its Chief Learning Officer, Ray McNulty, has been named the Vice Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. In this position, McNulty will further the Center’s mission of providing research and strategies to educators to increase the graduation rate in America’s high schools. McNulty has served on the Board of Directors of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network since May 2013.
“The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s mission aligns closely with Penn Foster’s,” McNulty said. “We are both committed to providing students with the resources they need to complete their education and go on to live successful lives. I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as we strive to end America’s high school dropout crisis.”
Founded in 1986, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network works to improve high school graduation rates by encouraging policies and providing resources that uphold the most effective strategies for dropout prevention, including school and community collaboration, family engagement, mentoring and tutoring. As the Center engages in its efforts, the U.S. is making steady gains in the number of high school students earning diplomas with the graduation rate reaching a 35-year high of 78.2 percent. The U.S. is also on pace to reach a 90 percent graduation by 2020 especially as broad changes in curriculum from kindergarten through high school will be in place by next year.
“We are absolutely delighted Ray has been named Vice Chairman,” said Beth Reynolds, Executive Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. “He’s extremely knowledgeable of the issues concerning student and adult learning and is genuinely passionate about making a difference. Since he has been on our board, Ray has given so freely of his time, expertise, and resources to advance the cause of the educators and students we serve. We look forward to his leadership and support through this new role.”
In addition to serving on the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s Board of Directors, McNulty was recently a keynote speaker at the Center’s 25th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum. At Penn Foster, McNulty’s efforts include working with Penn Foster High School, an alternative to traditional high school education, which is helping to transform secondary education with a career-focused curriculum that allows students to complete their classes through self-paced, supportive learning.
Before joining Penn Foster, McNulty served as President of the International Center for Leadership in Education and as a Senior Fellow with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators around the nation to reinvent America’s high schools. He has held positions in education since 1973 as a teacher, superintendent, and principal and vice principal, is the author of It’s Not Us Against Them – Creating the Schools We Need (2009) and regularly speaks across the country about the importance of providing education that fits each student’s needs.
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and hybrid learning for more than 100 years.Since its inception, more than 13 million people have enrolled in its high school, career school and college to learn advanced skills, further their education and better position them for life success.Today, Penn Foster graduates 25,000 students yearly and enrolls more than 100,000 new students each year in programs designed to address the skills gap in middle skilled careers.Penn Foster’s high-quality, affordable distance education allows students the flexibility to complete programs around their schedules with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty. For more information, visit www. pennfoster.edu.
About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Founded in 1986, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) offers dropout prevention resources and strategies to help increase the graduation rate in America’s high schools. It acts as a national resource for sharing solutions for student success, including research projects, publications and a variety of professional development activities. The NDPC/N also conducts third-party evaluations and Program Assessment and Reviews. For more information, visit http://www.dropoutprevention.org/.