On February 13, 2018, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced a grant of $191,790 to KLRU for the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally. The station will work with partners in Central Texas* to assess workforce challenges and opportunities and produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow. The new grant represents the next phase of public media’s successful American Graduate initiative, which was launched in 2011 to address the nation’s dropout rate. During the past six years, public media stations across the country 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.
*The Ray Marshall Center is proud to be one of the local partners, joining Austin Community College, the Office of the Mayor of the City of Austin, Travis County Judge’s Office, and Workforce Solutions Capital Area in the grant.
To read more about the initiative, CPB, and KLRU, please see the KLRU Press Release on American Graduate.