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Rural dropout prevention focus of Clemson, U.S. Department of Education partnership

Two Clemson University entities will be working together to enhance rural dropout prevention efforts in 15 states. Clemson's National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Clemson Broadcast Productions, under a subcontract to Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG), will provide services to the U.S. Department of Education to analyze the states’ dropout prevention needs and develop solutions and resources for state education departments and school districts. The project will focus on states with a high percentage of schools in rural and remote areas.
Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Clemson Broadcast Productions, under a subcontract to Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG), will provide services to the U.S. Department of Education to analyze and enhance rural dropout prevention efforts in 15 states.

The Clemson entities and their partners will analyze the states’ dropout prevention needs and develop solutions and resources for state education departments and school districts. The project will focus on states with a high percentage of schools in rural and remote areas, including Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a contract for this project to Manhattan Strategy Group that includes funding to the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Clemson Broadcast Productions over a two-year period. 

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network will support the project’s needs assessment process, help develop dropout prevention tools and products, and provide assistance to the states. Clemson Broadcast Productions will observe and film the dropout prevention work in each state and produce a series of 15 documentary videos to be used by the U.S. Department of Education to train rural educators in all of the states. 

“The funding will allow the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Clemson Broadcast Productions to support Clemson’s national public service goals and address the nation’s dropout prevention crisis,” said Sandy Addis, associate director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, who will work with Eric Rodgers, interim director of Clemson Broadcast Productions, on the project. 

“MSG has a history of successful partnerships to deliver best-in-class solutions to the U.S. Department of Education,” said Shezad Habib, managing partner of MSG. “The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Clemson Broadcast Productions bring unique and proven capabilities that further our mutual goals in dropout prevention.”

“A number of university-based and other dropout prevention organizations aggressively sought award of this contract,” Addis added. “The selection of MSG and two Clemson-based organizations for this work is a tribute to Clemson’s commitment to national public service.”

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