Initiative to Prepare Students for High-Demand Careers Launches June 8

Path to the Future

June 2, 2021

American Graduate: Path to the Future launches with a virtual event on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.. A virtual follow-up discussion with local education and career experts from the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio will be hosted by PBS of Western Reserve immediately following the launch.

American Graduate: Path to the Future is a multi-year initiative from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The WNET Group to help students explore and prepare for high-demand careers. These include the 30 million open middle skill jobs that require a one-year occupational certificate or two-year associate degree.

Path to the Future will focus on inspiring and informative digital career profiles designed to engage 13-18 year-olds. Students will have the opportunity to complete an assessment which will in turn provide short, fun video profiles of individuals in high-demand occupations that match student interests and skills. The website will connect students to other resources and organizations that will allow for further exploration of these career paths.

The Path to the Future VIRTUAL launch will explore workforce development in the post-COVID economy with youth and leading experts including Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona; John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic Enterprises; Dr. Shari Camhi, Superintendent of Schools for Baldwin Union Free School District; Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce; Monique Miles, Director, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions; Rick Wade, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach, US Chamber of Commerce.

After the national launch event, PBS Western Reserve hosts a VIRTUAL follow-up conversation with the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (ESCEO) including, Dr. Traci Hostetler, ESCEO Superintendent; John Kuzma, ESCEO Director of Teaching and Learning; Rob Eggleston, ESCEO Career Counselor and Moderated by Jeff Good, Chief Education Technology Officer, PBS Western Reserve.

“The ESCEO is dedicated to educating students about high demand career options available to them,” says Dr. Traci Hostetler, ESCEO superintendent. “Our team has been focused on providing an approach that is more inclusive of a variety of lucrative fields, giving students the opportunity to make informed decisions, and offering the support they need to create a path that will give them success in a field that will fulfill them.”

“We are thrilled to extend this initiative through this collaboration with PBS Western Reserve - the partnership couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Hostetler. “It’s wonderful to see another resource that shares this goal become available to students everywhere.”

This is a free event open to the public. Anyone interested in viewing the launch and the local follow-up discussion can register here:

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