Scranton (April 4, 2014) — Penn Foster, one of the largest regionally and nationally accredited online and blended high schools in the United States, announced today that its Chief Learning Officer, Ray McNulty, has been appointed to the position of chairman of the board of directors of the award-winning National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN), the 501(c)(3) nonprofit outreach arm of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N).
The missions of NDPC/N and Penn Foster are complementary, in that both aim to help students reap the benefits of education and to arm them with the skills they need to achieve success. In fall 2013, Penn Foster debuted its Dropout Retrieval Solution, an accredited high school completion program that enables school districts to tailor an offering to at-risk students or those who have already left the system. A key component of the program is that it allows students the flexibility to work at their own pace. McNulty has been instrumental in developing and launching the program, which Penn Foster operates in 60 schools throughout the U.S.
“We are thrilled to have Ray assume the Chairman’s position on our National Board of Directors,” stated Beth P. Reynolds, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center and Network. “In the 20 months since I have been at the helm, Ray McNulty has been an invaluable resource and partner, both for the Board and for the organization. His depth of knowledge and experience in combination with his genuine passion and drive to impact the dropout issue make him a wonderful choice to lead our Board. I’ve felt like we were kindred spirits from the moment I met him.”
“I am very excited to become more actively involved with NDPC/N’s important work of addressing at-risk kids,” said McNulty. “The blended learning approach we embrace at Penn Foster has been successful in reaching at-risk students and helping put them on the track to a better future, and I look forward to forging solutions with NDPC/N to create even greater success in this area.”
As Penn Foster’s chief learning officer since 2012, McNulty is responsible for formulating and directing the institution’s academic vision. Previously, he served as program director and senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was Vermont’s Commissioner of Education.
Over the past 27 years, NDPC/N has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from local and state educational agencies, community partners, and national organizations and agencies for impact in schools and communities, and for helping youth across the nation stay in school and graduate.
About Penn Foster
Founded in 1890, Penn Foster has been a leader in career-focused distance and blended 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
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) is a public/private (501-C-3 non profit) national organization whose mission is to increase graduation rates through research and evidence based solutions, enabling all students to graduate prepared to successfully transition to college and/or career and life beyond. The organization’s framework is built upon deep research as well as meta-analyses linked to student success including factors that predict at-riskness as well as wraparound strategies and targeted interventions found successful in supporting at-risk students. For more information on NDPC/N professional support opportunities, conferences, events, resources and publications, please visit www.dropoutprevention.org.