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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 cincy-americangraduate.org.

Cincinnati's Progress (And Challenges) In Increasing Its High School Graduation Rate

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A high school diploma is a passport to the next level of training and education required to obtain a secure future.

A high school diploma is a necessary step in a young person's journey to a more secure future. But recent studies show postsecondary education has become increasingly essential, whether that education comes from a two-year or four-year degree, trade school, or a career and technical certificate program.   

The GradNation campaign was created to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by the Class of 2020. The just-released Building a GradNation report examines the progress and challenges to reaching that goal. It also lays out the need for creating a smoother path for high school graduates to obtain the postsecondary education and training required to succeed in today's economy.   

Joining "Cincinnati Edition" to discuss efforts to increase high school graduation rates and creative postsecondary education and training initiatives are Founder and CEO of Civic Enterprises and Vice Chair of the Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute, John Bridgeland; and AT&T Director of External Affairs, Mark Romito. AT&T is a lead sponsor of GradNation, its program, AT&T Aspire, creates connections that drive innovation in education.   

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

Tune into "Cincinnati Edition" June 19 starting at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.