American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen

American 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.

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Automation is becoming more common in the workplace and two Brookings Institution authors join Cincinnati Edition to talk about the impact of machines on jobs and people, as well as what it means to our region.

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A construction labor shortage in the U.S. in recent years means secure, good-paying jobs are available for young people who want to learn the trade. For students who may not be college-bound, entering a trade right out of high school mean gaining job experience with no college debt.

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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.

American Graduate: Getting To Work In IT

Dec 19, 2018
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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.

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Cincinnati's first hardware accelerator, First Batch, was launched in 2012. Its success in advising entrepreneurs and growing businesses inspired the creation of CoMADE, a unique manufacturing initiative designed to become an engine for new job growth and new opportunities in our region.

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

CPS Expanding Its Career Pathway

Aug 13, 2018
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Enrolled, enlisted and employed. Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell says the district is taking a focus on the three Es. During the annual State of the Schools address, Mitchell laid out a new partnership with local organizations, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, meant to help prepare students for graduation and beyond.

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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.   

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May 7 through May 11 has been designated In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio, a celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are most in-demand in the state. Career opportunities continue to increase in healthcare, transportation, engineering, information technology and several other industries. And many of the jobs available don't require a four-year college degree.

In Demand Jobs Week – May 7 -11, 2018

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In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Throughout Southwest Ohio, students, job-seekers, employers and educators can attend events to learn more about these fast-growing career fields.

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Woodward Career Technical High School building technologies instructor West Davis will be one of many mentors featured on PBS' sixth annual national "American Graduate Day" telecast 2-6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 on WCET-TV (Channel 48).

WVXU has been a proud partner with CET on the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, working to address the impact and solutions to our local drop-out problem. The effort concludes with a special on Thursday, February 28 on CET that features some of the local programs and business leaders working on this issue. One of those leaders is Kathryn Merchant, president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and she’s with Mark Perzel to discuss the educational challenges we face and how the GCF is working collaboratively to address them.


Dr. Anthony Smith of Cincinnati Public Schools

Dec 14, 2012

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, is a cooperative project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and CET, and WVXU has partnered with them to help bring additional light to the high school drop-out problem. This month, Mark Perzel interviews Dr. Anthony Smith, assistant superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, who discusses the challenges of assessing the actual drop-out rates and some of the innovative approaches CPS is taking to better serve the needs of the students in order to keep them successfully enrolled through graduation.


Success by 6

Nov 16, 2012

As part of WVXU’s continuing support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate effort to find solutions to our nation’s high school dropout problem, Mark Perzel welcomes Stephanie Byrd, executive director of Cincinnati’s Success by 6 initiatives, striving to get toddlers and young children prepared for school through early education efforts.


Oyler School - Steps for Success

Oct 19, 2012

As part of WVXU’s continuing American Graduate project, working to find answers to the drop out epidemic in America’s high schools, Mark Perzel talks with Jennifer Bellin who, in a volunteer effort, directs the Oyler School’s Steps for Success program that focuses on providing mentors, unique experiences and skills to aid economically disadvantaged high school seniors into making a successful transition into postsecondary s

Dr. Mary Ronan of Cincinnati Public Schools

Sep 21, 2012

As part of WVXU’s continuing support of the American Graduate initiative, Mark Perzel welcomes Dr. Mary Ronan, superintendent of the Cincinnati Public Schools. As a precursor to today’s American Graduate broadcast on CET and PBS, Dr.

Literacy Center West

Aug 18, 2012

As part of WVXU’s commitment to the American Graduate: Make it Happen program, an effort to find solutions to America’s drop-out problem, Mark Perzel welcomes Chellie McLellan from Literacy Center West, a Price Hill program working with students aged 17-21 on either GED preparation or job-readiness training.

According to a study conducted last year, children who don’t read well by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than children who are proficient readers by third grade.

From PBS Newshour:

Seven thousand students dropout of school every day in the U.S.

And some researchers have dubbed middle school as the essential "make-or-break" years in determining a child's success.

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Since 1994, YouthBuild has trained 110,000 high school dropouts around the country to put up houses for their community and think critically in the classroom while earning their GEDs or diplomas. As part of the American Graduate series, Paul Solman reports on a program designed to keep kids learning inside and outside of class.

From PBS NewsHour:Trying to entice wayward students back to class in Las Vegas, Chaparral High School Principal David Wilson led teams into communities to knock on doors in search of dropouts. Ray Suarez reports on an offbeat approach starting to show some signs of success in a city that ranks near the bottom in the nation for graduation rates.

Dohn Community High School

Aug 15, 2012

Chris DeSimio is On the Money with a Cincinnati charter school using monetary incentives to keep the students coming to class and achieving behavior and academic goals. Dohn Community High School’s Principal Ramone Davenport and Chief Administrative Officer Kenneth Furrier discuss this unique, and controversial, program.

The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center

Aug 15, 2012

Mark Perzel speaks with Clara Martin, CEO of The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, a non-profit agency that uses the arts to keep at-risk high school students in school and help them graduate.

According to a new national report, the number of Ohio schools with graduation rates of sixty percent or less increased dramatically during the last decade. But the 2010 graduation rate district-wide for Cincinnati Public Schools increased to over eighty-one percent.

Guests include:
Cincinnati Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith
President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, John Bridgeland
Vice President of KnowledgeWorks Ohio, Andrew Benson

Nationally, only seven in ten students complete high school. While many students have the will to graduate, they often don't have the necessary support. But research shows having a mentor increases a young person's chances of success.

Guests include:
Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Vice President of Mentoring, Simone Bess
Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Mentoring Coordinator, Donald Swain
Darryl Long, member of the CYC mentoring program

American Graduate: The Strive Partnership

Aug 13, 2012

WVXU, in partnership with CET, presents American Graduate, an ongoing examination of the consequences of, and solutions for, the high school dropout problem. As part of this initiative, Mark Perzel speaks with Greg Landsman, Executive Director of The Strive Partnership, which works with the Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport school districts and is spearheading the regional Campaign for Early Grade-Level Reading. Landsman explains why it's so important to help children with their reading before they finish third grade, and how Strive is helping.

Identifying Kids at Risk of Dropping Out.

Aug 7, 2012

As part of our continuing commitment to the American Graduate effort to prevent school drop-outs, Mark Perzel welcomed Principal Kimberly Mack and Resource Coordinator Pamela Knox from John P Parker Elementary School to discuss identifying kids at risk of dropping out and programs they have in place to address the issue. American Graduate is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.