American Graduate: Getting To Work
American Graduate: Getting To Work is a long term public media initiative launched in 2011 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. With a current national graduation rate of 80%, the nation is well on its way to achieving the goal of 90% by 2020.
American Graduate: Getting To Work, launched in January of 2018, is the next step to helping youth in their next steps after high school. Our goal is to create awareness around the challenges facing youth in accessing pathways to rewarding careers and addressing the need for local industries to have access to a trained and ready workforce for today and in the future.
The intent of this program is to foster community partnerships and connections and bring awareness to opportunities that will lead to gainful employment in local high demand middle skill jobs for students and young adults ages 16-24, returning veterans, and adults in career transition.
Through these partnerships we look to help change the general paradigm from the expectation of college being the only track after high school to include other alternative paths to rewarding careers that are in-demand by local Hampton Roads industries.
Public media plays a significant role building individual activity, community capacity, and national awareness.
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"The Hampton Roads region is home to more than 40,000 establishments
State of the Workforce and Gap Analysis, 2017, Executive Summary