Teresa McCune '80, Chief Public Defender at Public Defender for the 30th Judicial Circuit (WV), is featured in the West Virginia Lawyer magazine. In the article McCune discusses a program she started for high school students called "On Track for College." For an hour and a half once a week, McCune prepares the students involved with On Track for numerous college-related decisions.
From the West Virginia Lawyer: "I help them search out colleges and scholarships, and then I coach them on completing those applications, preparing a CV and writing essays,” she said. "I also seek out opportunities for my kids to meet other college students and provide them with chances to practice for their interviews.
”Five students participated in the program that first year, and attendance has increased yearly.
"During the first year, 2004, I worked with about five students, one of whom was accepted to Wheeling and given a nearly full ride,” she recalled. "The next year, I worked with about 12 students, two of whom were accepted to Ivy League schools. After that, I was off to the races.”
At last count, McCune has assisted about 75-80 high school students in achieving their dreams of higher education."
I didn’t know what was going to happen when I started, but it has become an extremely long-term project,” she said. "Now I have kids coming back to me who are looking at graduate schools.”