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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.

Junior Career Exploration Event Hopes To Inspire

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Courtesy Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc.
Junior Achievement's INSPIRE will present area students with a variety of possible career options.

According to a report released last year by ADP and Moody's Analytics, the greatest challenge U.S. businesses will face in the coming years is finding qualified workers. Industries from healthcare to information technology to transportation are already feeling the effects of a workforce shortage.

At the same time, many students graduate high school without being exposed to the hundreds of possible career paths available to them.

To help solve this disconnect and better prepare students for future success, Junior Achievement of OKI, Partners, Inc. is holding INSPIRE, a comprehensive career exploration event for area ninth graders, on February 13 and 14 at the Duke Energy Center. Over 50 employers will be displaying interactive exhibits to introduce students to jobs in their industries.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how to provide young people with guidance on choosing a career that's right for them are Partners for a Competitive Workforce Executive Director Mardia Shands; TriHealth Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer David Cook; and Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, with Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc., Laura Randall-Tepe.

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 Feb. 5 at noon to hear this segment. 

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