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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.

American Graduate: Getting To Work In IT

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Per Scholas Cincinnati and Thrive Urban Impact Sourcing provide training to locals seeking a career in IT.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology (IT) occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, adding about 557,000 new jobs to the economy. This increased demand poses a staffing challenge to businesses while providing an opportunity for those looking for an entry into a career with a higher-than-average starting salary and greater potential for increased future earnings.

But those job seekers must be equipped with the skills and training employers require to meet their needs.

Two local organizations, Per Scholas Cincinnati and Thrive Urban Impact Sourcing, are providing IT training and experience to adults, often from underserved communities, who are looking for a new job or a career change.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how they prepare job seekers to take advantage of the opportunities the IT industry offers are Thrive Co-Founder Kelly Dolan; Per Scholas Managing Director Paul Cashen and Director of Career Advancement and Alumni Relations Wayne Ivy; and  Computer Support Specialist at Dohn Community High School and Per Scholas graduate Guy Burnham.

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 Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.