American Graduate

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) launched the American Graduate initiative in 2011 to address the nation’s dropout rate. Public media stations across the country forged community connections and innovative partnerships to help improve student outcomes—contributing to a substantial increase in the national high school graduation rate.

American Graduate: Getting to Work begins in 2018 with CPB grants to 19 public media stations to help advance education and career readiness in their communities.

WOSU Public Media was awarded a two-year grant. Moving forward entails collaboration with local organizations, educational institutions and businesses to assess workforce challenges and opportunities, and production of content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow. CPB gave the Ohio grantees a unique assignment. WOSU, CET/Cincinnati and Ideastream/Cleveland are working in partnership to create a state model for addressing the major issues of education and career readiness.

Learn more at WOSU's American Graduate website.

An apprenticeship program that matches employers with community colleges has launched graduates into middle class careers and could be a way to address the flagging fortunes of Americans lacking four-year degrees, according to a study published Monday.

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The pandemic has left millions looking for work and possibly new careers, intensifying the demand for tech-trained workers nationwide. 

Urban Scouts on their way to Linden's Miracle Gardens.
Nick Evans

Bright and early on a recent morning, it’s all whispers and nervous glances at True Love Ministries in Linden. Teenagers are setting up accounts for themselves on brand new tablets and filling out paperwork.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In January, Columbus launched a new career development program for recently incarcerated people. After months of work, and overcoming additional obstacles presented by the pandemic, the first class of participants graduated last week. 

Report: Ohio's Student-Debt Law Is 'Punitive'

Feb 25, 2020

Updated: 10:53 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

An Ohio law requiring colleges to turn over student debt to the state attorney general’s office for collection is disproportionally harming low-income students of color, according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio, a Cleveland-based nonprofit.

Skilled Trades

Feb 7, 2020
An electrician apprentice works on a circuit box
WOSU Public Media

Skilled trade jobs pay well, are in demand and fulfill the requirement of a career for many people. 

But the skilled trades often are overlooked by graduating high-school seniors. 

Skilled Trades

Feb 7, 2020
Mac Connor is now an automotive technician for COTA after graduating from Fort Hayes Career Center.
Rivet / WOSU

Skilled trade jobs pay well, are in demand and fulfill the requirement of a career for many people. 

But the skilled trades often are overlooked by graduating high-school seniors. 

Harley Blakeman created HonestJobs to connect people with criminal records to jobs.
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Ohio State graduate Harley Blakeman, 28, overcame some self-inflicted hurdles, and is now an entrepreneur who wants to help others who made similar mistakes.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus city leaders celebrated the inaugural class of a new career development program to help recently incarcerated individuals find jobs.

Amazon distribution center in Groveport, Ohio.
WOSU

Amazon has started hiring more than 1,500 workers for a new distribution center in West Jefferson. 

Ashton Sullivan dropped out of Ohio State in her sophomore year to enroll in a coding bootcamp. Now she works for Drive Capital as a software developer.
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In the middle of her sophomore year, 20-year-old Ashton Sullivan knew she was done with college for good.

“I pulled the plug,” Sullivan says. “I dropped out of school.”

Skilled Trades

Dec 19, 2019
Mac Connor is now an automotive technician for COTA after graduating from Fort Hayes Career Center.
Rivet / WOSU

Skilled trade jobs pay well, are in demand and fulfill the requirement of a career for many people. 

But the skilled trades often are overlooked by graduating high-school seniors. 

Mac Connor and a senior mechanic inspect one of the buses at COTA.
Rivet / WOSU

Some students like academic work and thrive in high school. For others, it’s a real drag.

One of those people is Mac Connor. When the 18-year-old talks about it, he does so in a short, matter-of-fact way.

This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student.

"That's a lot of students that we're losing," says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse.

Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College has opened a new office meant to connect businesses with employees through a set of new training programs.

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