Nearly a decade ago, the national public media system took note of an alarming trend in high school graduation rates. An increasing number of our country’s high school students weren’t making it to graduation day. This presents serious challenges for the individual students, as well as broader effects in our communities. Leaders from across the system realized that, as a network of independent local stations across the country, public broadcasters could – and must – play a role in addressing the situation. The American Graduate initiative was born from that realization.
Over the past eight years, this initiative has created and supported many efforts across the nation – all designed to help young people succeed in school, career, and life. OPT has been proud to contribute to this initiative with various projects and programs. This month, we’re pleased to present a one-hour special, Journey to Jobs, as part of American Graduate: Getting to Work, an effort designed to highlight pathways to employment. This national program will feature efforts underway locally by Arc of the Ozarks that are successfully connecting individuals with disabilities with employers in the area. Catch Journey to Jobs on Sunday, October 6 at 6pm. And, for more on the work of Arc of the Ozarks, find our most recent Sense of Community episode online at www.optv.org.
Thanks, as always, for supporting the work we do here at OPT. We are so proud to be a part of this community, and to highlight the many organizations that help make it a wonderful place to live.