CPB Awards $188,705 to Vegas PBS for American Graduate: Getting to Work Initiative

Vegas PBS and community partners will work together for the two-year public media initiative to advance technical education and career readiness

LAS VEGAS – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded Vegas PBS $188,705 to advance technical education and career readiness in Southern Nevada as part of the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative. The station will work with local partners over the next two years to assess middle-skill workforce challenges and opportunities and produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers 16 to 26-years-old. The initiative will also identify career training programs that provide new skills for veterans and adults reentering the workforce.

Vegas PBS and community partners – ranging from employers and economic development entities to post-secondary institutions – will meet to discuss the first steps of improving career and technical education in Southern Nevada. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vegas PBS. The media is welcome to attend.

“Vegas PBS will be able to use the funds from the CPB to prepare young people to enter Southern Nevada’s workforce,” said Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS General Manager. “There is a need to face the current lack of adequate training head-on, and we are going to do exactly that with the help of community partners. Having the input from different sectors of the community will ensure this initiative covers all angles of career and technical education in our region.”

The new grant represents the next phase of public media’s successful American Graduate initiative, which was launched in 2011 to address the nation’s high dropout rate. During the past six years, Vegas PBS and other 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.”

About American Graduate

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 the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 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. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resource and important partner in local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with education and future successes. Public forums, town halls and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators and more.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest sole source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visithttps://www.cpb.org/, follow on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebookand LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.

About Vegas PBS

Dedicated to enriching lives in Southern Nevada, Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to amplify the effectiveness of community organizations.

Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

Vegas PBS provides outreach programs to assist students of any age, from childhood through adulthood; professional development services for teachers; online adult job training and education courses; career services and resources for veterans; literacy and health workshops for families; educational materials for those with disabilities; and 24/7 online access to content via an array of devices and media.

For more information, visit VegasPBS.org, Facebook.com/VegasPBS or Twitter.com/VegasPBS.