American Graduate: Getting to Work
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

American Graduate: Getting to Work

Public Media Initiative to Advance Education and Career Readiness

Austin Master Workforce Plan

Austin-area workforce development community based organizations, training providers, and employers created a Master Community Workforce Plan to help individuals living in poverty find a path to financial stability. By aligning education and training providers’ training programs with employers’ needs, this workforce plan will help 10,000 economically disadvantaged individuals secure middle-skill jobs by 2021.

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What's your dream job?

Students in Austin, Texas discuss their dream jobs.

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American Graduate: Crescent

Crescent was in and out of jail, doing drugs and hanging with the wrong crowd. Now he has made a big change in his life. Watch his story on overcoming hardship and starting anew.

See local Electrician training programs on KeyUp's website

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American Graduate: Sheldon

After serving 8 years in the navy, Sheldon Simmons struggled to find a decent paying job. Sheldon describes the ups and downs in his journey of securing a tech job.

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How to become an electrician

What does it take to become an electrician? Here are the steps from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

See local Electrician training programs on KeyUp's website

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American Graduate: Cynthia

Cynthia, a single mom, has been living paycheck to paycheck after being laid off. But now she is taking steps to advance her career.

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Jennifer Basaldua's Story

See how one person has changed their life through a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Condition (HVAC) technician certification program.

See local HVAC training programs on KeyUp's website

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About Getting to Work

KLRU is telling the stories of Central Texas residents who are getting trained to occupy local high-demand jobs that pay livable wages. KLRU's American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), has joined forces with the leaders of the Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan to help move 10,000 local individuals out of poverty and into skilled professions by the close of 2020. We invite all viewers of these videos to share with people who may benefit from the information. Thank you to our partners listed below and to the individuals who have allowed us to share their stories.

For more information, read KLRU's press release announcing the local launch of the initiative.

Local Partners

  • Austin Community College
  • Capital IDEA
  • the Office of the Mayor of the City of Austin
  • University of Texas at Austin: Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
  • Skillpoint Alliance
  • Travis County Judge’s Office
  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Resources

  • The Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan (June 2017) lays out an ambitious agenda for collaboration and coordination to improve economically disadvantaged residents’ access to middle-skill jobs.
  • KeyUp's mission is to enable adults to get well-paying, rewarding jobs without going through the time and expense of getting four-year degrees