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American Graduate Town Hall | Connecting Curriculum to Career

Developing Needed Collaborations

American Graduate Town Hall
Kansas City area high school students, educators and employers recently gathered to discuss the future as a part of the “American Graduate: Getting to Work” initiative. (Cody Boston | Flatland)
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KCPT’s recent “American Graduate: Getting to Work” town hall created a rare opportunity for business leaders, educators and high school students to talk about the workforce of the future.

Educators primarily focused on how schools can best prepare students for successful careers.

Business development executive Andre Davis encouraged educators to: “Continue going against the grain. Continue to mirror what companies are doing.”

Such advice hits at one of the main themes throughout our American Graduate coverage – the rapidly changing nature of work. 

Not only will curriculum need to complement emerging skill sets, but area professionals contend the way these skills are taught needs to change. As isolated and cubicle-style work environments phase out, students also need to learn in a manner that prepares them for collaboration and non-traditional work environments.

See the attached video for the final installment of highlights from KCPT’s “American Graduate: Getting to Work” town hall.

— Kansas City PBS is examining the issue of workforce development as part of its participation in the national “American Graduate: Getting to Work” project, an initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Follow #AmGradKCPT on Facebook and Twitter for local American Graduate content and #AmGrad to see content from across the United States.

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