CET Highlights Students Who Found Their Path to a Bright Future

Aug. 29, 2018

Four students in vocational attire and settings as part of training through Career Technology programs in Cincinnati are

Public media station CET visited Career Technology programs in Cincinnati to talk to students about their career plans as part of American Graduate: Getting to Work. From upper left: Cincinnati area students Jasmine Daniel Collins, Jalen Watts, Wyatt Smith and Brianna Smith. Credit: CET

As part of the CPB-supported American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, CET of Greater Cincinnati is working with the Cincinnati Public Schools, Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and other partners to assess workforce challenges and opportunities for viable career pathways for students.

“The skills gap is a pressing issue for employers, educators and community leaders in our region. We need more young people to go into skilled jobs, and we need to change the narrative around Career Tech education,” said CET President David Fogarty. “We are so pleased to be part of American Graduate: Getting to Work, which allows us to work with community partners and get to the heart of these issues.”

CET featured Cincinnati area students who found their paths to in-demand jobs in growth sectors through regional career tech programs. These stories highlight opportunities for students to pursue jobs in many fields, including advanced manufacturing, construction and specialties within healthcare and IT, outside the traditional college track.

Find Your Pathway, produced by CET.

CET, and their partner radio station WVXU collaborate with public media stations WOSU in Columbus and PBS WVIZ/ideastream in Cleveland to promote a statewide conversation about pathways to high-demand jobs.  The collaboration will bring awareness to many high-demand career paths, such as those featured in the video above, and explores the variety of issues involving workplace development in Ohio. For example, local content produced by WVXU includes discussions with local business and education leaders on Cincinnati Edition.  

Group of four people seated around radio booth for broadcast discussion
From left: Cincinnati Edition Host Dan Hurley with Nancy Mulvey, Dean of Student Services, Great Oaks Career Centers; Sherry Kelley Marshall, President and CEO of the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board; Cheryl Brackman, Director of the Workforce Development Center at Cincinnati State; and Jason Dennison, Manager of Learning Services at CET, guests on segment “How to Get A Job That’s in Demand, No College Degree Required.” Credit: CET

“CET is helping to highlight the growth industries in Ohio,” said Sherry Kelley Marshall, President and CEO of SWORWIB, the workforce board for Cincinnati and Hamilton County. “A recent radio segment I joined focused on the well-paying jobs in growth sectors that require industry-recognized credentials instead of four-year degrees. This is the kind of information that young people and their parents need.”

You can listen to WVXU’s American Graduate: Getting to Work segment on Cincinnati Edition here.

CET is one of 19 public media stations helping to advance education and career readiness in communities across the country by helping students build the essential skills to succeed in today’s market and producing local content about opportunities for job seekers.  You can learn more about CET’s American Graduate work online at http://www.cincy-americangraduate.org. 

This spotlight is part of a new CPB series, “Work Wednesdays,” featuring public media stations’ American Graduate: Getting to Work local content and community engagement initiatives.

About American Graduate

Since 2011, the public media initiative American Graduate has grown into one of the largest public media collaborations across the country with over 125 local public media organizations, and national television and radio producers and distributors, working with more than 1,700 community partners. National and local reporting, public forums and town halls, and education resources have helped raise awareness and promote dialogue among leaders, educators, students and concerned citizens, and inspired adults to become American Graduate Champions for the nation’s youth. CPB-supported stations played an important role helping communities address the challenges and highlight local solutions to the dropout crisis, and the national graduation rate is now at an unprecedented 84.1 percent.

In 2018, CPB launched “American Graduate: Getting To Work,” to partner with schools and businesses, and help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new work force, especially for high-demand fields. Join the conversation at facebook/americangraduate, and find out more through your local public media station or cpb.org/americangraduate.