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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:10pm
Meet three people that got into the precision optics manufacturing through a variety of career pathways.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:10pm
Learn about how drones (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems) are used in a variety of industries connected to a variety of career pathways.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 3:10pm
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.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
How can BOCES career technical education programs help students explore in-demand career fields while still in high school?
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
Welding is a good career track that you can train for while still in high school and leads to a variety of career options.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
Machining crosses many career sectors.  You can train in and explore this field while you are still in high school.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
You can train for an HVAC career while still in high school.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
You can train for an nursing career while still in high school.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
You can train to become an electrician while you are still in high school.
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:10pm
Automotive technician training can begin in high school through a career technical education.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 2:10pm
Meet three women that got into the craft brewing industry through a variety of career pathways.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
Warehouse manager is one of the many jobs in food production industry.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
An apprenticeship in precision optics manufacturing can lead to higher education paid for by your employer.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
Having a good job can start with entry level work and on the job training to work your way up.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
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.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
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.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
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.
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
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. 
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 3:10pm
People can enter the precision optics manufacturing sector with training through community college.
Friday, December 20, 2019 - 10:00pm
Winner of the 2018 Imagen Award for Best Documentary, “The Pushouts” is an inspiring story about the resilience of young people and how the support of caring adults offers hope. 


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.
Wondering what to do with your life? Each episode features a different crew on the journey of a lifetime.
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.
Watch On-Demand: A four-part documentary film series that tells the story of a small group of incarcerated men and women struggling to earn college degrees.
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:
Career Counselors, Educators, Parents, and Students: Check out these learning resources that are organized by careers and clusters!
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.
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. 
Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce people that left school and are now reconnecting to education and training opportunities. The stoies 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:
Workplace Essential Skills features half-hour programs which introduce people to skills needed to find a job and succeed in the workplace.  Watch On-Demand or On-air. Part of WXXI's American Graduate: Getting to Work Initiative:
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."

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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)  

MCC Career CoachExplore 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

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.

NYSED Liberty Partnerships


Liberty Partnerships Programs offer comprehensive pre-collegiate/dropout prevention programs and services to youth in Urban, Rural and Suburban communities of Western New York, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Mid-Hudson Valley, NYC and Long Island. Learn More

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

Hillside Work-Scholarship ConnectionHillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) is a nationally recognized dropout prevention program that helps Rochester City School District students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment. 

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