‘American Graduate: Getting to Work’ special segments start airing Labor Day

Aug 30, 2019

Beginning Labor Day, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air brief segments focused on helping West Virginians learn about job training opportunities that pay livable wages for high-demand jobs.

One three-minute production will air each day next week at 6:56 p.m. between “Nightly Business Report” and “PBS Newshour.” Called “American Graduate: Getting to Work,” the short segments will showcase the availability of apprenticeships, training options for laborers, automotive and diesel repair programs, utility line service training and Workforce West Virginia opportunities. Each video also will premiere on YouTube and Facebook simultaneously with the television broadcast.

“When we look at areas in West Virginia that need an educational champion, we see that colleges and universities have many advocates, but training programs and apprenticeships for great careers that pay well but don’t require a four-year degree just do not get the attention they deserve,” said Kate FitzGerald, WVPB's Director of Education. “We want to shine a light on educational opportunities that will help build up a skilled workforce in the Mountain State. We hear from a multitude of employers saying they have more jobs open than they can fill because they don’t have qualified applicants.”

This special project is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help advance education and career readiness in West Virginia and highlight individuals as they pursue a variety of pathways leading to high-demand jobs that pay livable wages. FitzGerald said WVPB’s “American Graduate” team is proud to highlight different routes to great jobs.

“We are continually working with community partners across West Virginia to assess workforce challenges and opportunities so we can produce content for WVPB television, social media outlets and our digital streaming offerings,” FitzGerald said. “We want to help inspire people to find the road to career education and training that’s perfect for them.”

Tune in Monday through Friday next week at 6:56 p.m. to see the following:

  • Monday, Sept. 2: West Virginia Women Work
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3: West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4: Automotive and Diesel Repair Opportunities
  • Thursday, Sept. 5: BridgeValley Utility Line Service Training Program
  • Friday, Sept. 6: Workforce West Virginia

Find more job information at our America Graduate Homepage.