CET Receives American Graduate Champion Award for Its Vital Community Service

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(December 2, 2013) CINCINNATI, OHIO – A recent study from the nationally recogmized Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education reports that CET, Greater Cincinnati’s public and educational media organization, is helping keep more regional students on track to graduate high school.

In 2012, CET was selected as one of only twenty “hub” organizations for the national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative. Based, in part, on the John Hopkins University study, CET has received an American Graduate Champion award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for its commitment to education and support of students and families. A national public media initiative, American Graduate focuses on the nation’s high school dropout crisis and helps empower communities to implement solutions.

“We’re very pleased to receive the national award from CPB that recognizes CET’s educational services and partnerships,” said David Fogarty, CET’s President and CEO. “Just as importantly, the John Hopkins study shows us that public media can make a real difference in meeting our community’s educational needs.”

The recent national report confirmed the impact that public media continues to have to improve high school graduation rates. Through the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, public broadcasting stations have engaged over 1,000 partnerships with businesses, schools, faith-based and other nonprofits working together to inspire dialogue and action towards community-wide solutions that help more young people stay on the path to a high school diploma. Over 1700 hours of national and local public media programming and a variety of local events, including American Graduate Day, have brought organizations together to inspire local citizens to become American Graduate Champions, donating time and resources.

As part of a survey of American Graduate community partners conducted as part of the Everyone Graduates Center’s study, respondents underscored that public media stations told the story of the dropout crisis in a way that enabled more people to get involved. Community partners also reported that public media facilitated greater focus and collaboration among community organizations, and that students’ participation in American Graduate programs resulted in an increased commitment to school, to graduating, and to preparing for their future.

As an example of the initiative’s success, CET created and aired a one-hour documentary, Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle on Education, in collaboration with the local ABC affiliate, 9 On Your Side. The documentary highlighted a three-county regional “Cradle to Career” initiative, which brings together leaders in business, education, community service and philanthropy to work toward common goals in education. CET works directly with elementary school children, teachers and parents with Super Why Reading Camps, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and through the installation of PBS KIDS Reading Corners in multiple Head Start locations among other programs. The station also has been involved in educational film screenings and community events aimed at spreading the word about educational efforts in Cincinnati. CET will host and broadcast an American Graduate Town Hall in early 2014.

“Public media has achieved this success by raising awareness and building knowledge of the issue, highlighting proven solutions, and fostering community action toward common goals – key strategies identified by education experts as essential for progress,” said John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises, and co-author of Building a Grad Nation report. “The true power of public media to improve civic life lies in their unique assets combined with their national reach and community relationships,” added Dr. Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Additional information on the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative is available at www.americangraduate.org. An Executive Summary by John Bridgeland and the full report by the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education are available at ww.americangraduate.org/hopkins-evaluation.

Information on the Cincinnati American Graduate efforts can be found at http://www.cincy-americangraduate.org/.





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, the first licensed educational television station in the nation, provides multichannel broadcast and cable services, including CET Arts, the first local 24-hour arts and cultural programming channel in the country. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit www.CETconnect.org.

CET is a service of Public Media Connect (PMC), a regional public media partnership with ThinkTV, Dayton, serving the more than 3 million people in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities. 

PMC serves viewers and learners 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.


American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have launched on-the- ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



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 more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.




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