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Talking Jobs with Ohio's Next Governor Event

Talking Jobs with Ohio's Next Governor was a live digital forum featuring Ohio's leading gubernatorial candidates, Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine. The candidates appeared individually in back-to-back segments and were allotted 45 minutes each to interact with young Ohioans and respond to their questions and comments about education, workforce development and job creation. In conjunction with Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate initiative, Talking Jobs with Ohio’s Next Governor provided a rare opportunity for young adults across the state to engage with the leading candidates in this year’s Ohio gubernatorial race.

Watch the event on-demand now.

About the Project

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced a grant of $260,160 to WVIZ/PBS ideastream for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally. Of the 19 PBS stations receiving grants, Ohio was awarded a statewide collaborative grant. WVIZ/PBS ideastream will partner with WOSU in Columbus and CET in Cincinnati 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.

The three stations will coordinate and collaborate to share resources, content, events, distribution networks and services for a deep impact statewide effort to address workforce development through broadcast and digital media.

The American Graduate III “Getting to Work” initiative represents the next phase of public media’s success during the past six years forging community connections and innovative partnerships to help improve student outcomes.  The American Graduate III “Getting to Work” initiative strives to assess workforce challenges, highlight opportunities for growth, and produce content and egagement events focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets now and in the future.

Through local engagement with business and community leader support, ideastream is reaching out to job seekers (16-26 years old) and the job influencers in their lives to address the skills gap, which is the difference between in-demand, high potential occupations and a workforce ready and willing to enter them.

Upcoming programs for American Graduate

Roadtrip Nation: Skill Powered

Airs on WVIZ/PBS on May 12 at 2 p.m. and May 15 at 4 a.m.

ROADTRIP NATION: SKILL POWERED explores the potential of vocational training in today's world. It follows three young adults — Alex, Shyane and Ryan — as they shadow people across the country who are forging their own ways within their trades. All of the roadtrippers are intrigued by skill-focused careers, but none of them have a set path planned — yet. In telling the nuanced stories of people powering skilled trades across the country, ROADTRIP NATION: SKILL POWERED uncovers the many different ways people can experience career satisfaction and build a better life.

The Career Path Less Taken Documentary

Airs on WVIZ/PBS and statewide on September 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.

For decades, school officials and parents have promoted 4-year-colleges as the next step for high school graduates. “A college degree is the only way you’ll succeed!” And yet, economic change and emerging technologies are reshaping the workplace.

Celena Roebuck
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Chief Education Officer
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Chief Content Director Learning and Public Engagement
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