CPB Awards $3.7 Million in American Graduate: Getting to Work Grants to 19 Public Media Stations

Public Media Initiative to Advance Education and Career Readiness

January 23, 2018

American Graduate

Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2018) —The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced grants of $3.7 million to 19 public media stations for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness in their communities. The stations will work with partners in their local communities to assess workforce challenges and opportunities, and produce local content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow.

The new grants represent the next phase of public media’s successful American Graduate initiative, which was launched in 2011 to address the nation’s dropout rate. During the past six years, public media stations across the country forged community connections and innovative partnerships to help improve student outcomes – substantially contributing to an increase in the national high school graduation rate to an all-time high of 84 percent.

“The American Graduate initiative attracted local business and community leader support and engagement by focusing on keeping young people on the path to success in school and life,” said Pat Harrison, CPB President and CEO. “All Americans want our young people to be prepared to fill jobs that currently are unfilled because of a skills gap.”

The 19 stations receiving these American Graduate grants include:  

Alabama Public Television (Birmingham, Alabama), $199,929

Alaska Public Media (Anchorage, Alaska), $199,500

Cincinnati Educational Television (Cincinnati, Ohio), $170,000

Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (Hartford, Connecticut), $199,394

Idaho Public Television (Boise, Idaho), $198,465

KCPT (Kansas City, Missouri), $199,998

Kentucky Educational Television (Lexington, Kentucky), $200,000

KLRU (Austin, Texas), $191,790

KUEN (Salt Lake City, Utah), $200,000

Mississippi Public Broadcasting (Jackson, Mississippi), $200,000

Nine Network of Public Media (St. Louis, Missouri), $200,000

PBS Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina), $200,000

Vegas PBS (Las Vegas, Nevada), $188,705

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (Charleston, West Virginia), $179,022

WFSU (Tallahassee, Florida), $177,062

WHRO (Norfolk, Virginia), $200,000

WOSU (Columbus, Ohio), $170,000

WVIZ/PBSideastream (Cleveland, Ohio), $260,160

WXXI (Rochester, New York), $200,000  

The Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis will bring the work of these stations together to develop content and resources as well as align best practices for national impact. Examples of local work connecting education and jobs include KUEN’s partnership with an online portal called “UtahFutures” and PBS Charlotte, which has produced a series of videos featuring local industries that need more skilled workers. All public media stations will be able to access the shared resources to partner with local funders and launch similar local efforts.


About American Graduate

American Graduate is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people succeed in school, career and life. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 125 public television and radio stations have joined forces with over 1,700 partners to elevate the stories of youth and the supportive adults that help them succeed. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resource and important partner in local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with education and future successes. Public forums, town halls and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators and more.


About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. For more information, visit http://www.cpb.org, follow on Twitter @CPBmedia,  Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.

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