CET, Nine On Your Side Present Cradle to Career

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February 2013

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CET, Nine On Your Side Present Cradle to Career

On-air program to examine region’s approach to improving graduation rates

One out of every four students in the Cincinnati region drops out of high school. Living without a diploma has dramatic, life-long impacts on the individual and our community, which is why more than 70 cross-sector organizations are partnering to help students stay on the path to graduation, starting in the earliest years. This innovative community-based approach recognizes that schools can’t do it alone, and that helping students succeed is in the interest of the entire community.

At 8pm Thursday, Feb. 28, CET and 9 On Your Side will present a special local production – Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education – with co-hosts Kathrine Nero and Clyde Gray. This program explores our region’s cradle to career initiative, which has garnered national attention by bringing together leaders in business, education, community service and philanthropy to work toward common goals in education.

Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education will look at key milestones along the path to student success and the high stakes for regional competiveness and economic growth. Interviews with community leaders will explore the critical role of early learning, new requirements for grade-level reading, the all-important transition to high school and college and career readiness. Video reports will take us to classrooms and community programs, bringing us the voices of at-risk youth and educators.

“Making sure our area’s youth graduate from high school, and make a successful transition to college and a career, is an essential part of helping them start successful lives. It’s important that organizations like CET are involved starting with early education, because foundations are laid in the earliest years,” said Gloria Skurski, Director of Education and Broadcast Services at Public Media Connect – CET in Cincinnati and ThinkTV in Dayton.

The program’s guests include:

Greg Landsman and Kathy Merchant, Strive

Mary Ronan and Andrea Faulkner, Cincinnati Public Schools

Kathy Burkhardt and Polly Lusk Page, Northern Kentucky Education Council

Brent Cooper, C-Forward

Rick Hulefeld, Children Inc.

Stacie Strotman, Covington Partners

Lynda Jackson, Covington Independent Public Schools

O’dell Owens, Cincinnati State

Jane Keller, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative

Toni Miles, YMCA’s Black and Latino Achievers

Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education also will air on WCPO’s digital channel 9.2 at 8pm Thursday, Feb. 28, and again at 1pm Sunday, March 3. Public Media Connect will rebroadcast the show also at 1pm Sunday, March 3, on ThinkTV14.

Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education is part of the “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” project. This national public media initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, aims to help Cincinnati and other communities across America address the high school dropout crisis.

To learn about “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen,” visit www.CETconnect.org/american-graduate or www.cincy-americangraduate.org.


About CET: CET is Greater Cincinnati’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. CET was the first licensed educational television station in the nation, the first high-definition public station in Ohio, and, through CETconnect.org, the first public television station to offer a community-based public media on-demand service. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit www.CETconnect.org.

CET serves viewers and residents in the following counties: Adams, Brown , Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren in Ohio; Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush, Switzerland, Union and Wayne in Indiana; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Trimble in Kentucky.

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