WHRO Public Media has been selected to participate in the national Public Media initiative:
American Graduate: Getting to Work
Change the paradigm from the expectation of college being the only track after high school and include alternative career pathways that lead to gainful employment in local high demand skilled jobs.
Change the perception to convey these jobs really are rewarding careers. A new label is starting to emerge to replace terms such as “middle skilled” and that is “skilled careers.”
Promote the advantages. Certifications and credentialing in skilled careers can:
- Start in high school
- Result in zero debt or significantly less debt, as compared to a four year degree
- Offer individuals a competitive salary immediately upon entering the workforce
- Be a channel to explore career paths while being employed and a spring board into a college degree in a chosen field
Promote the opportunity. These skilled careers cover occupations such as medical assistants, telecommunication technicians, and maritime workers. Additionally, as baby boomers retirement presents a future shortage, there will be tremendous opportunities for youth.
Connect to pathways by providing youth with access to career options and the necessary training, the up-and-coming workforce can be better prepared to fill jobs of today and the future.
March 28, 2018 Denbigh Aviation Academy
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WHRO will work with partners from Hampton Roads’ key industry as well as organizations supporting pathways to "skilled careers" to convene come together at a community wide engagement to address issues.