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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4900000American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to high school graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history of improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and WVXU, in partnership with CET, is rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.Together, WVXU and CET are working with national and community-based partners to raise awareness by creating local content on all facets of the problem. We’ll look at the issues that underlie the drop-out crisis, and at ideas that are working in our community. And we’ll help concerned citizens learn what they can do to help. You can follow our reports on Cincinnati Edition and Impact Cincinnati.As part of the project, CET and Nine on Your Side will present Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education on Thursday, February 28th at 8:00 pm. The program will be simulcast on CET and Digital 9.2. With one out of four students failing to complete high school, the program explores the impact of the drop-out crisis on our region, as well as an innovative community approach to helping students stay on the path to graduation. To find out more about the initiative, visit

New "American Graduate" Series Explores How Worker Training Is Evolving

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October is National Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest rate since 1995.

Unemployment is the lowest it's been in more than a decade, yet approximately 65 million Americans are in low-paid service jobs.

A recent six-year study that followed workers in low-paying jobs with few or no benefits and unpredictable schedules found that a low-wage worker was three times more likely to stop working than to advance to a better job in any given year.

Companies can't afford to waste the potential presented by entry-level workers, who, when provided the proper leadership and training, can move to higher-paying jobs and stable careers.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how companies are changing their approach to training workers, emphasizing soft skills and the importance of providing leadership in employee advancement programs are President & CEO of Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Fabian Schmahl; and Ray Attiyah, founder and chief innovation officer of Definity Partners and author of Run Improve Grow: Your Roadmap from Firefighting to Bold Business Growth.

This program is part of an ongoing series, "American Graduate: Getting to Work," supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in partnership with CET. Other programs in the series can be found here.

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition October 3 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.