Vegas PBS Addressing Nevada’s High School Dropout Crisis

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Vegas PBS Addressing Nevada’s High School Dropout Crisis

Station Participating in American Graduate Initiative with Special Programming
and “It Pays to Stay” Campaign

(Las Vegas) – Vegas PBS announces the broadcast of a national program, local productions and a public service announcements campaign in March 2015 to raise awareness of the dropout crisis and encourage students to stay in school. The station is committed to addressing Nevada’s high school dropout crisis in its role as a public service media organization and as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. Additionally, the Nevada Legislature will designate March 4, 2015 as “American Graduate Day” and recognize Nevada’s two public television stations, Vegas PBS and KNPB in Reno, for their efforts to encourage students to finish high school.

“Our state has the highest dropout rate in the country and Vegas PBS uses its resources to encourage students to learn and stay in school. We have applied a successful formula of combining national programs, local productions, community outreach and online resources to tackle this problem,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell.

Vegas PBS will air programs that explore educational experiences ranging from modern-day students, teachers and administrators working together to bridge the achievement gap and help students stay in school to past struggles to overcome entrenched prejudice and desegregate schools in Southern Nevada.

180 Days: Hartsville — March 17, 2015, 8 p.m. (Part 1) and 9 p.m. (Part 2)
This national program is an intimate portrait of the Hartsville, South Carolina, community that tries to address the urgent demand for school reform and close the achievement gap. The forces and influences of government, economic opportunity and mindsets in favor and opposed to public schools are in play.

American Graduate: Jessica’s Story — March 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m. (Local Production)
This inspiring broadcast about Jessica Suarez, a Chaparral High School student, showcases efforts of Southern Nevada teachers, administrators and community activists who strive to educate students and help them stay in school. Dave Wilson, former principal of Chaparral High School, and Jennifer Lopardo, Communities in Schools of Nevada on-site coordinator, are also featured.

School Desegregation in Southern Nevada — March 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m. (Local Production)
Dr. Sonya Horsford explores the turbulent history of integration in Las Vegas schools. This local production focuses upon the period of the 1960s through the 1980s and tells the story of the courageous, dedicated community members who made integration a reality in Southern Nevada.

Public Service Announcements
Vegas PBS has spearheaded the “It Pays to Stay” campaign. The PSA campaign spotlights local business and community leaders who share their educational journeys and explain why staying in school enriched their lives. Participants include Phyllis James, MGM Resorts International senior vice-president of corporate diversity and community affairs; Tony Sanchez, NV Energy senior vice-president of government and community strategy; Dr. Carolee Dodge-Francis, University of Nevada Las Vegas associate professor; and other notables.

For more information about the participation of Vegas PBS in the American Graduate initiative and related resources, please visit

About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!

Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas,,,, and Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce training and economic development through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).

Vegas PBS provides K–12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.

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Shauna Lemieux
Communications & Promotion
Vegas PBS
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