Dropping Back In: American Graduate Series

Dropping Back In: American Graduate Series

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Dropping Back In: American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen

Dropping Back In features half-hour programs which introduce some of America’s dropouts, the
issues they face and the people and programs helping them drop back in and get on with their educations and lives. Part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative:

While they face similar struggles, each person’s story is unique, complicated, messy, revealing, and compelling. The result is a series of documentaries that are both enlightening and inspiring and include a diverse mix of people,
programs, experts, and explanations.

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Second Chances - High school dropouts, educators, and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough, and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances. Two former dropouts, Kellie Blair Hardt, homeless as a child, now an award-winning teacher, and Hasan Davis, former commissioner of juvenile justice for the state of Kentucky, tell their stories. Airs: Saturday, 10/4/14, at 5:30-6:00 PM on WXXI-TV 21.1 Cable 11/1221

Complicated Lives - Why does it take many dropouts years to attain a high school equivalency? Why do so many former dropouts struggle in college? The challenges faced by many go far beyond academics. Featured programs include Academy of Hope in Washington, DC, a community-based program that works with inner city adults, and Enemy Swim Day School in South Dakota, where children and parents learn together. Tricia Amos, a member of the Dakota Sioux tribe, tells her story. Airs: Saturday, 10/11/14, at 5:30-6:00 PM on WXXI-TV 21.1 Cable 11/1221

Working for the Future - In order for America's dropouts to attain college and career readiness, institutions must change. This program looks at innovative programs that are achieving success, including Lake Area Technical College in SD, which works closely with employers to make sure students gain marketable skills; the Academy for College Excellence, a one-semester program developed By Cabrillo (CA) College to assist underprepared college students and achieving retention and completion rates far beyond traditional community colleges; and the Makers, a coalition of manufacturers and community colleges working to train much-needed workers that can help keep high-skills manufacturing in America. Airs: Saturday, 10/18/14, at 5:30-6:00 PM on WXXI-TV 21.1 Cable 11/1221

More Than A Statistic - The longer someone is out of school the less likely they are to go back. This program looks at programs designed to get young dropouts back on course. Featured are Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago, where a community-based curriculum incorporates Puerto Rican culture; YouthBuild, a national program combining academics with mentoring and construction career training; and ChalleNG Academy, a National Guard program for dropouts and potential dropouts. Airs: Saturday, 10/25/14, at 5:30-6:00 PM on WXXI-TV 21.1 Cable 11/1221 

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