About American Graduate

About American Graduate

 About WXXI's American Graduate: Getting To Work:

Over the past two years, WXXI has been part of the national American Graduate: Getting
to Work initiative. WXXI helps to advance education and career readiness in the region by
building awareness of career pathways to attain “good jobs.” WXXI has produced over 30 local
content videos focused in-demand career sectors that require training beyond high school but
less than a four-year degree to get started in the field.

The American Graduate: Getting To Work initiative emphasizes:
• Thousands of in-demand jobs that go unfilled in our region
• Accessing careers through training, apprenticeship, professional certificates,
associates programs, and on-the-job training
• Inspiring viewers with stories of how people found their career pathway
in our region and how individuals get started pursuing a career
• Connecting to resources to research new career options
• Local hands-on career events, industry tours, career days and job fairs
• Connecting with career counselors at educational sites and one-stop job centers  

National American Graduate: Getting to Work  

Since 2011, the public media initiative American Graduate, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), has grown into one of the largest public media collaborations across the country with over 125 local public media organizations, and national television and radio producers and distributors, working with more than 1,700 community partners. National and local reporting, public forums and town halls, and education resources drove awareness and discussions among leaders, educators, students and concerned citizens, and inspired adults to become an American Graduate Champion for the nation’s youth. Stations played an important role helping communities address the challenges and highlight local solutions to the dropout crisis, and the national graduation rate is now at an unprecedented 84.1 percent. In 2018, together with 19 stations, CPB launched the initiative’s next phase, “American Graduate: Getting To Work,” to partner with schools and businesses, and help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new workforce, especially for high-demand fields. Join the conversation at facebook/americangraduate, and find out more through WXXI or cpb.org/americangraduate.

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