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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Sierra Roberts and a coworker collaborate at the Ohio Mutual office space in Bucyrus, Ohio.
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Sierra Roberts knew the jingles and taglines about insurance. It’s that thing you pay for now in case something goes wrong later. It’s those commercials constantly clamoring for our attention.

Billan Gurreh sits studying with a classmate at C-TEC Licking County.
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A 45-minute bus ride to a different city gave 17-year-old Billan Gurreh plenty of time to wonder if she was making the right choice. She was nervous to start the year off at a new school.

Chris Dible presents a vintage Case tractor at Dible Brothers' Farm in Sunbury, Ohio.
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Chris Dible, 17, walks past a giant red and black tractor. It’s the tractor Dible helped his dad bargain for when he was 13. Standing here, he can’t help but think about his family.

Ohio’s 15 public colleges and universities will each have a full time counselor dedicated to helping students with disabilities.

An electrician apprentice works on a circuit box
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Officials in Grove City say they've started a job training reimbursement program that’s the first of its kind in the country.

America's Workforce Development

Oct 14, 2019
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The National Association of Manufacturers has promised to help train nearly 2 million workers over the next five years to address a worker shortage.

Part of the problem is record low unemployment. Another part is the lack of workers properly trained for the job openings.

Today on All Sides: the disconnect between the jobs and the workforce to fill them.

Jordan Washington switched careers to be an electrician, which he's learning on the job as part of a five-year apprenticeship.
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Ohio is one of six states chosen for a program to increase the upward mobility of adult learners. The goal of the "Educate for Opportunity" project is to train workers for technical and other jobs that are in high demand. 

Cities of today, no matter where they are, big or small, seem to have the same problem: how to also be a city of tomorrow.

The definition of what "city of tomorrow" can vary widely, but it might include how to have reliable and efficient technology for the city, businesses, and residents as well as how to train workers for jobs that will keep a city competitive and thriving.

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