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

American Graduate: Getting to Work

Public Media Initiative to Advance Education and Career Readiness

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.

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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.

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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