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APUS Helps Students Explore Careers through The Education Alliance's WV eMentoring Program

CHARLESTON and CHARLES TOWN, WV, May 1, 2012 -- American Public University System (APUS) today presented The Education Alliance with a $26,000 donation to support its college and career readiness efforts. A portion of the funds will directly benefit WV eMentoring, an online program supported in part by several APUS staff volunteers, which allows working and retired adults to help high school students plan and prepare for success after graduation. WV eMentoring expects to serve over 500 public school students this year.

Since 2006, APUS has donated $120,000 to The Education Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving educational accessibility and quality for West Virginia students. Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS President and CEO, is a member of The Education Alliance's Board of Directors and encourages his employees to serve as WV eMentors. Several APUS staff member volunteers were present for the ceremony.

"The WV eMentoring program and The Education Alliance help make a difference for high school students seeking guidance in choosing the career path that's right for them," said Dr. Boston. "We're very pleased to contribute our time and resources to this worthy cause as part of our larger corporate citizenship in the greater West Virginia community."

"WV eMentoring is creating a significant impact not just on our students, but also on our mentors," said Jessica Wintz, program director for WV eMentoring. "For students, the program gives them opportunity to learn about all of their postsecondary options and talk about the next step after high school graduation with an adult who has been in their shoes. For mentors, the program allows them to share their stories, guidance and knowledge that cannot be found in a book or classroom. In just a short email, our mentors are making a lasting impression on the student with whom they work."

"The Education Alliance is very grateful for generous donors like American Public University System who make the WV eMentoring program possible, free of charge, for so many West Virginia students," said Dr. Patricia Kusimo, president and CEO of The Education Alliance.

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American Public University System, winner of the Sloan Consortium's 2009 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and two-time recipient of Sloan's Effective Practices Award, offers 87 online degree programs through  American Public University and American Military University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit