PBS Charlotte Presents Pathways to Career Success

Feb. 1, 2018

High school students in “Dreamers-Doers-Destiny” program gather in PBS Charlotte studio, with General Manager Amy Burkett (right). Credit: WTVI PBS Charlotte
High school students in “Dreamers-Doers-Destiny” program gather in PBS Charlotte studio, with General Manager Amy Burkett (right). Credit: WTVI PBS Charlotte

As part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Getting to Work, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS Charlotte is working with partners in Mecklenburg County and throughout the region to assess workforce challenges and opportunities. Local content features stories about the opportunities for job seekers in Charlotte’s big industries, and workshops help students build the essential skills and confidence to succeed in today’s market and the jobs for the future.

“The ‘3D Project: Dreamers-Doers-Destiny’ is taught by our station staff in the city’s five most disadvantaged high schools,” said Amy Burkett, PBS Charlotte General Manager. “Working with our license holder Central Piedmont Community College, a national leader in workforce development, we created videos about high demand jobs in our area to introduce high schoolers to careers they’ve never thought about.”

PBS Charlotte’s work was featured as part of the first-ever Public Media Thought Leader Forum @ 2018 NETA held on January 22-23 in Washington, DC. Jobs profiled include advanced manufacturing, welding, information technology, 3D Printing, and others. Here’s a video about the program:

American Graduate: Getting to Work, by PBS Charlotte

“PBS Charlotte is so grateful and thrilled to be a part of American Graduate,” said Burkett. “I deeply believe in the power of public media to be a catalyst for positive change in our communities, and this support from CPB will be used to change lives for struggling teens.”

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 CPB since 2011, 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.