Make a difference —mentor a student!

Reconnecting McDowell is starting a mentoring and internship program for 11th-grade McDowell County students. We are looking for mentors and internship opportunities to help students learn about career and college options.


When W.Va. lost its voice: JFK's death still resonates

Read the recent USA Today article about how John F. Kennedy's campaign stops in West Virginia impacted the candidate and the community, and how Reconnecting McDowell is giving local residents hope for their future.


Expo a big success!

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Read about the first annual McDowell Expo in the October newsletter.

Many Reconnecting McDowell partners participated in the Expo, bringing community together to find out about local employment, training and higher education opportunities, receive health screenings and participate in healthy living activities. Watch the video.


McDowell Middle School Students to Receive FREE laptops

mcdowell-kids-tech_150Every McDowell County middle-school student will receive a free laptop this fall, courtesy of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Connect2Compete, and the Reconnecting McDowell partnership. Read more.



Stay connected with our newsletter!

pdf Read the latest edition of our Reconnecting McDowell newsletter, a regular update for the McDowell community, partners and those interested in staying informed on what is happening.


West Virginia Board of Education OKs Community Schools Plan for McDowell County Public Schools

The West Virginia Board of Education unanimously approved a community schools plan for the McDowell County Public Schools, marking one of Reconnecting McDowell's most significant efforts thus far to improve the education, health and well-being of the county's students and their families. Read the press release.


About the campaign

Reconnecting McDowell is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County the route to a brighter economic future. Partners from business, foundations, government, nonprofit agencies and labor have committed, in a signed covenant, to seeking solutions to McDowell’s complex problems—poverty, underperforming schools, drug and alcohol abuse, housing shortages, limited medical services, and inadequate access to technology and transportation.

None of this will be easy or quick; the problems in McDowell County have been decades in the making. But by working together with the amazing people who live there, and by assembling, coordinating and sustaining the educational, social and economic supports they need, we are confident that this resilient community will be on a path to reconnecting its hopes for the future.

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