CPB Awards $199,500 to Alaska Public Media for American Graduate: Getting to Work Initiative
Public Media Initiative to Advance Education and Career Readiness
ANCHORAGE —The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced a grant of $199,500 to Alaska Public Media for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally. The station will work with partners in Alaska to assess workforce challenges and opportunities, and produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow.
“With generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Alaska Public Media stands ready to partner with business, education, and workforce related organizations. We look forward to creating content about the state of the workforce, highlighting career pathways and capturing stories about job opportunities and skills required to meet local industry needs,” said Ed Ulman, CEO/General Manager of Alaska Public Media.
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.”
Alaska Public Media is one of 19 stations receiving these American Graduate grants as part of the national effort.
Alaska Public Media is in discussion with local community partners to explore how, collaboratively, we can advance education and career readiness for youth and young adults age 16-24, returning veterans, and adults in career transition.