OnTrack Washington Celebrates First Year of Preparing Students for College and Career

AT&T announces $25,000 contribution to help achieve goals

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OnTrack Washington County on December 4 celebrated a successful year thanks to support from several individuals and organizations, including a $25,000 contribution from AT&T.

OnTrack issued its first-year report during a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in Hagerstown.

OnTrack is a coalition of independent community partners focused on improving the educational attainment levels of Washington County residents, in order to strengthen our local economy and improve our community’s quality of life. A variety of educational, business, philanthropic, and civic leaders began meeting in January 2015. Together, they have been working to create a “cradle to career” support system, empowering citizens to acquire the educational or vocational training necessary for lifelong success and craft a strategy to educate the public on the need for an educational movement in our community.

OnTrack’s inaugural “Cradle to Career Readiness Report” highlights the changes in the economic landscape in our country over the last 40 years and the demand for a highly skilled workforce.

“For our community to thrive we must make a concerted effort to see that every person, regardless of race, class, or zip code, is prepared for a rewarding career,” said Jim Kercheval, acting Executive Director of OnTrack. “Investments in education and career training are the best way to combat poverty and community disengagement.”

The report includes key educational benchmarks that the OnTrack coalition will monitor, and sets 2025 goals for our community to achieve. Read the report here: http://ontrackwc.org/.

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“By creating a shared mission and vision to improve our local workforce, OnTrack’s 35 Active Partner organizations can better align their limited resources to improve targeted goals aimed at increasing the educational attainment levels of Washington County,” Kercheval said.

La Tara Harris, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Maryland, was on hand for the celebration, and said OnTrack’s work will help prepare the region’s future business and technology leaders.

“Now more than ever, communities need to work together to ensure our young people are equipped with the skills and experiences necessary for success in a fast-paced global economy. OnTrack does just that – bringing together the public and private sectors to prepare Maryland’s future business and technology leaders,” said Harris.

Paul Frey, President and CEO of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce said: “We are grateful for the support of AT&T. It is refreshing to know that AT&T understands the importance of supporting such a critical workforce development and educational initiative like OnTrack. The students of Washington County will benefit greatly from the backing of AT&T.”

AT&T’s support of OnTrack is aligned with AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Over the past two years, AT&T contributed $50,000 to support OnTrack and its mission.

Follow OnTrackWC on Twitter @OnTrackWC to stay up to date on its work. Follow @connecttogood on Twitter to learn more about AT&T’s support for education and other programs nationwide.

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