Sinclair Employee Awarded Crystal Star Award for Dropout Prevention

DAYTON, OH (09/09/10) – Michael Carter, interim senior vice president at Sinclair, has been selected to receive a Crystal Star Award by the National Dropout Prevention Network.

The Distinguished Leadership and Service Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention is given to the individual that demonstrates outstanding participation in Network activities and helps further the NDPN’s mission of helping at-risk students in an extraordinary way.

Carter has over 30 years of experience working with youth as a public school teacher, administrator, and coach. He has been with the Sinclair Fast Forward Center since it began in 2001 and served as the director from 2006 to 2010. The Fast Forward Center received the Crystal Star program award in 2005.

Since 2001, the Montgomery County dropout rate has dropped from 25.6 percent to 12.6 percent. Partner high schools have produced over 2,100 graduates, making the program a national model for drop-out recovery by the NDPN.

Winners of the Crystal Award must participate in NDPN activities. Some of these include hosting an NDPN event, contributing to NDPN publications or the website, and participating in NDPN conferences. Carter presented at the NDPN conference six out of the last seven years.

Carter will be attending the 22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Philadelphia on November 16 to accept the award.

Natasha Baker
Director of College Relations
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