American Graduate

Upcoming American Graduate Programming

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 10:00pm
 Since early 2020, the world has been rocked by triple crises: the global pandemic, the ensuing economic disruptions, and the acknowledgement of long-existing racial inequities. With U.S. unemployment sky-high, a majority of Americans are concerned about the future. The usual ladders to security - education, hard work, life-long employment - appear to have broken down.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 2:00pm
Join us for a weekly series of virtual events to accompany the airing of the PBS Future of Work Series. Conversations include discussion of topics involving the future of work addressing quality career paths, addressing issues of race and equity, the impact of technology, lessons from young workers, continuing to work longer, women's roles in the workplace and supporting mental health. 
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. 
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.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 3:10pm
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.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 10:00pm
 Since early 2020, the world has been rocked by triple crises: the global pandemic, the ensuing economic disruptions, and the acknowledgement of long-existing racial inequities. With U.S. unemployment sky-high, a majority of Americans are concerned about the future. The usual ladders to security - education, hard work, life-long employment - appear to have broken down.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 2:00pm
Join a virtual conversation about how technology is both welcomed and feared in the workforce of the future. Co-hosted by PBS & The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:00pm
Join a live conversation about how young workers can lead in building a more equitable workplace of the future. Co-hosted by PBS & America's Promise YES Project, this is part of the discussion around the Future of Work. 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:00pm
Join a live conversation about the role of employers in creating supportive and psychologically safe workplaces. Co-hosted by PBS & Mental Health America, this is part of the discussion around the Future of Work. 


On-Demand American Graduate Programming

In addition to illuminating the ongoing drivers for disruptions to the world of work – AI, robotics, platform technology, globalization, labor practices -- the pandemic has been a driver of change. Unemployment flipped from lowest in 50 years to highest in a century.
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. 
Watch On-Demand Part two of this three-part series that explores the monumental changes in the workplace continues with a look at robotics and AI.
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.
Watch On-Demand VETERANS COMING HOME: CAREERS showcases veterans finding new career paths and adapting to the civilian work world in Local USA.
Companies rethink the need to even have offices, or how to redesign places of work. The traditional work shift - 9-5, 5 days a week – is losing relevance. Many companies are adopting the remote work models, spawned by the pandemic, as their new normal. Does the nation need new policies of Guaranteed Basic Income, (UBI) or a drastic rethinking of the social safety nets?
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.
Roadtrip Nation shares inspiring stories of struggle, self-acceptance and success in Being You
Career Counselors, Educators, Parents, and Students: Check out these learning resources that are organized by careers and clusters!
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.
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: https://wxxi.org/grad
On-Demand
Is School Enough? documents vivid examples of where new modes of learning and engagement are taking hold and flourishing. Watch On-Demand
Wondering what to do with your life? Each episode features a different crew on the journey of a lifetime.
PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country profiled young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room, or boy on the team? Watch On-Demand
It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with two small daughters and a boyfriend who’d rather she stay at home than go to school. Yessenia’s forced to choose: stand up for herself and her daughters, or give in to expectation.
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.  
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:
On-Demand
 Facing Forward: A Student's Story follows the experiences of a struggling seventh-grade student at a rigorous charter school in Cleveland are chronicled. Watch On-Demand.
Stories of the realities of seeking education for yourselves and your children when you are undocumented.
There is virtually no way to make a legal living these days without at least a high school diploma. Still, nearly 20 percent of students don't finish. Why?
Follow 5 high school students on their journey to graduate and succeed, while facing challenges including poverty, violence and drug abuse
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."
FRONTLINE presents  “A Subprime Education” examining allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry.
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? School of the Future is a 2-hour NOVA special that will discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.
The documentary spotlights the 12-year journey of five extraordinary children in five countries as they struggle to get a basic education.
The documentary spotlights the efforts of school community to improve their school or see it close.
FRONTLINE presents “The Education of Omarina” of a young at-risk girl from middle school to college. 
Watch On-Demand: Three veterans set off on a road trip to discover their purpose in the civilian world.


Upcoming Events

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00pm
Join a live conversation about how young workers can lead in building a more equitable workplace of the future. Co-hosted by PBS & America's Promise YES Project, this is part of the discussion around the Future of Work. 
Wed, 10/06/2021 - 12:00pm
Join a live conversation about the role of employers in creating supportive and psychologically safe workplaces. Co-hosted by PBS & Mental Health America, this is part of the discussion around the Future of Work. 


 


Resources

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

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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









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.


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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