Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards PBS Charlotte $200,000 grant

last modified Jan 24, 2018 08:09 AM

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today gave WTVI PBS Charlotte a $200,000 grant as part of its American Graduate: Getting to Work program, an initiative that seeks to advance education and career readiness in communities across the United States.

PBS Charlotte was one of 19 public media stations awarded grant monies. The station will use the funds to work with partners in Mecklenburg County and beyond to assess workforce challenges and opportunities, and produce local content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow.

PBS Charlotte has already had great success in this area, producing a series of videos called “3D Project Dreamers Doers Destiny” that feature local industries needing more skilled workers.

“Our ‘3D Project Dreamers Doers Destiny’ series not only focuses on career pathways and leadership programs, but it also gives our team the opportunity to teach in some of Charlotte’s poorest high schools,” explains Amy Burkett, general manager of PBS Charlotte. “Working with our license holder, CPCC, a national leader in workforce development, we’ve created videos about high demand jobs in our area. This gives us the opportunity to introduce high schoolers to careers they may have never thought about, while contributing to the upward mobility issue currently facing our city.”

PBS Charlotte’s new grant represents the next phase of public media’s successful American Graduate initiative, launched in 2011 to address the nation’s dropout rate. During the past six years, public media stations across the country have 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.

Learn more about the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative.

For information on PBS Charlotte, visit pbscharlotte.org.