American Graduate

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (All day)
ICYMI: Watch On-Demand WXXI Education on June 8, 2021 at 7 PM ET for the American Graduate: Path to the Future virtual launch event. This multi-year initiative, from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The WNET Group, strives to help students explore and prepare for high-demand careers, including the 30 million open middle skill jobs that require a one-year occupational certificate or two-year associate degree. Watch On-Demand. 
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Meet three women that got into the craft brewing industry through a variety of career pathways.
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Meet three people that got into the precision optics manufacturing through a variety of career pathways.
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Learn about how drones (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems) are used in a variety of industries connected to a variety of career pathways.
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How can BOCES career technical education programs help students explore in-demand career fields while still in high school?
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Welding is a good career track that you can train for while still in high school and leads to a variety of career options.
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Machining crosses many career sectors.  You can train in and explore this field while you are still in high school.
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You can train for an HVAC career while still in high school.
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You can train for an nursing career while still in high school.
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You can train to become an electrician while you are still in high school.
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Automotive technician training can begin in high school through a career technical education.
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Warehouse manager is one of the many jobs in food production industry.
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An apprenticeship in precision optics manufacturing can lead to higher education paid for by your employer.
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Having a good job can start with entry level work and on the job training to work your way up.
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Finding a career you love that let's you learn new skills on the job as a maker was what drew Genny Kingsley to optician training.
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Starting in a career technical education program in high school, such as a culinary program, helped Jennifer McClure to follow her interests into internships and higher education leading to her role as a new product developer in the food industry.
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From BOCES electrician program to an associate in maintenance, Mike Myers was hired as a mechanic at O-AT-KA and promoted on the job.
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From BOCES electrician training directly into the workforce, Rodney Hay was hired as an automation electrician. Now he is part of Love Beets USA 4 year apprenticeship program which combines classwork with experience on the job to lead to a certification. 
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People can enter the precision optics manufacturing sector with training through community college.
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YouthBuild Rochester is a 9 month program run by the Urban League of Rochester that allows students to learn about construction through hands-on training and career exploration. Follow one student's journey.


Watch On-Demand: In this hourlong special, the PBS NewsHour explores the burden costly child care places on families, takes viewers to cities and states experimenting with new ways of providing childcare for working parents, and delves into the political battle over federally funded, universal childcare. Aired 9/23/2021
Watch On-Demand: Attend virtual graduation. Hear excerpts from commencement speeches and messages to the class of 2020 from a variety of public figures -- journalists, philanthropists, sports figures, historians, writers and performers - and from the students themselves.
In Roadtrip Nation: Future West, three Arizona-based college students travel around the state to explore the creative and original ways residents are pushing innovation to its limits.
Ride along for a supercharged adventure as Alexandra, Dylan, and Michael—aspiring auto technicians—discover the growing possibilities in the automotive tech field.
Superheroes might not exist, but “Life Hackers” introduces audiences to the modern-day equivalent: cybersecurity experts.
Follow three “opportunity youth”—young people who are part of the 5.6 million youth in America who are unemployed, not in school, and struggling with challenges as extreme as homelessness. On a mission to unlock their potential, they travel the country and interview people like poets, educators, and "Pursuit of Happyness" author Chris Gardner—all of whom have harnessed adversity for success.
When you start at community college, your next step could take you anywhere.
Follow along as three young people explore what’s happening in their home state of Indiana and how these innovations will lead us all into the future. 
Follow along as three young people explore what’s happening in the exciting world of skilled trades and learn about promising jobs where a four-year degree isn’t necessary.
The multi-platform "Future of Work" initiative kicks off with the launch of a six-part digital series. The digital series will examine how the pandemic has impacted long-term employment trends for entry-level and early career workers. Through intimate portraits of Americans making their way through an ever-changing landscape, each episode focuses on one of the key themes from Future of Work — the gig economy, the rise of the precariat, the digital nomad, working to live, the community worker, and new opportunities — and through generations in a family, illustrating its past and present.
JOURNEY TO JOBS is a one-hour special, presented as part of the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, public media’s commitment to help communities illuminate pathways to gainful employment in America. Explore local stories at:
A BEYOND GRADUATION collection of two short documentary stories that share the lives of Latinx youth dealing with life after high-school. Featuring Alan Domínguez's "Turns in the Road" and Dez Hernández's "AIM to Leap."
Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce people that left school and are now reconnecting to education and training opportunities. The stories show the issues they face and the people and programs helping them to succeed in continuing their education and furthering their work opportunties. Part of WXXI's American Graduate: Getting to Work Initiative:
GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute video document of a single day in an urban public school district, from sun up to long after sundown.  
Watch On-Demand VETERANS COMING HOME: CAREERS showcases veterans finding new career paths and adapting to the civilian work world in Local USA.
Watch On-Demand: Narrated by Academy-Award nominee Chris Cooper, this film follows three young adults with intellectual disabilities and how they navigate school, college and workforce.

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Apprenticeship programs offer a wide range of opportunities to learn a specific skill and use it toward a new career, such as skilled trades or advanced manufacturing positions. A successful apprentice will often be offered a position if they are successful in the field they are training in.

Exploring Discover Your FutureSENECA WATERWAYS EXPLORING is a program for high school students  to check out careers they are interested in.  Through a variety of available career programs, groups of students learn more about a particular field through hands-on activities led by people out in the real world.

Did you ever wonder what it’s really like to be a veterinarian or vet tech? Or a firefighter or EMT? What it’s like to be an attorney and try a case in front of actual judges? Do you like to work in cars and wonder if auto mechanics is the career for you? So, you think you want to be an engineer – do you know that there are many different kinds of engineers out there?

Why wait until after high school to find out what it’s like in a career field?  Learn more about program events and how to join. 

High School Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offer certification and hands-on training while students are still in high school. Many students work part-time or secure full-time work upon graduation.

Community Colleges offer 2-year degrees in a variety of high demand career fields. They also offer certificate training for specific job skills and career sectors. They also offer programs for students still in high school. Explore:

Monroe Community College

Finger Lakes Community College

Genesee Community College


Career OneStop CentersAt your regional career one-stop centers: explore job preparation workshops, training and education programs, job fairs and online help systems for finding employment. Stop in at one of the locations for help getting started. Services for Youth, veterans, and all job seekers.

Connect to RochesterWorks (Serves Monroe County and City of Rochester

Connect to FingerLakesWorks (Serves Geneva, Ontario County, Seneca County, Wayne County & Yates County region)

Connect to GLOW Workforce Development (Serves Genesee County, Livingston County, Orleans County and Wyoming County)  

Find Your Path: You can start now by exploring career options using the resources below. Search or browse job titles, pay levels, training required and outlook for the next 5 years and even current openings in our region! 

MCC Career Coach

Explore top career fields in the Greater Rochester area, including needed training, estimated salaries, career assessments and resume building tools. Also a search for Veterans to match military skills to careers. Provided by MCC for students and the Greater Rochester Community. Connect to Learn more: Connect to MCC Career Coach

Also Explore Economic Data on Regional Career Clusters from the FWD Center

GLOW With Your Hands VirtualGLOW with Your Hands Virtual is a companion website to an annual hands-on event for students from schools in the GLOW region. The website provides on-demand career video content highlighting opportunities available right here in our GLOW region, ladders of educational pathways to employment, and a panorama of programs and events designed to excite students about the world of work, create career awareness, and offer exploration. Learn More: Connect to GLOW with Your Hands Virtual 

Rochester College Access Network:

You CAN go to college. We’re here to give you the information and resources you need to help you get there. A program of the Rochester Education Foundation.

Rochester City School District provides a specific listing of services and information for students and parents to access.

Departments: Including Career Technical Education and Career Pathway programs

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