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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — AT&T has given $200,000 to support the high school mentoring program in West Virginia’s McDowell County for the next two years.

That follows a previous $300,000 contribution that the program’s organizers say enabled 57 at-risk high school students to graduate and enroll in college or join the military.

According to the American Federation of Teachers, which says it spearheaded the program begun in 2011, it addresses “the elephant in the room — poverty and its consequences for students and their families.”

Federation President Randi Weingarten says one new focus will be career and technical education.

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Reconnecting McDowell, with 125 corporate and other partners, says the county high school graduation rate has risen from 74 to 88 percent while those enrolling in college have increased from 25 to 40 percent.