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Appalachian receives $35,000 from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for teacher development project

BOONE—The Western North Carolina Network for Access and Success housed at Appalachian State University has received $35,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to implement the “High School to College” faculty/teacher development project.

WNCNAS will facilitate a series of workshops for teams of high school teachers and college faculty from western North Carolina. The teams will participate in a year-long series of workshops regarding practices that support student success and college access, including curriculum alignment and design, educational enrichment programs and partnerships, and the setting of high expectations for all students’ educational attainment.

For more information about the workshop series, contact WNCNAS director Joni Webb Petschauer at (828) 262-3878.

The network is a collaborative educational partnership among Appalachian, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University and the Appalachian Regional Commission that provides support to schools seeking to increase high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. In its history, the foundation, as the beneficiary of the income from the Zachary Smith Reynolds Trust and the W.N. Reynolds Trust, has made grants totaling more than $414 million to recipients in all 100 counties in the state.

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