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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. joins W.Va. Department of Education to promote adult education


​​The West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Adult Education is pleased to announce the “Never Too Late to Graduate” campaign featuring West Virginia native and America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The campaign, which features Murphy on billboards throughout the state, encourages adults who have not completed high school to earn their high school equivalency diploma and to pursue post-secondary trainings and courses that could open employment and career options for them.

As a teenager, Murphy’s family moved from the mountains of West Virginia to Detroit, Michigan. The struggles he faced led him to eventually drop out of high school and work menial jobs with no prospect of breaking out of the grips of poverty. He washed dishes, sold shoes and worked temporary jobs in an attempt to support himself.

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