American Graduate: Career Resources
There isn’t a single path to success, but many ways to find well-paying work that you enjoy. Below, you will find free or low-cost community resources, vetted training programs, and more information on careers such as nurses, electricians, computer network administrators, machinists and dental assistants.
Kevin O'Connor connects the work of This Old House with American Graduate Getting to Work and the ideastream website to connect the ideastream community with work resources.
Journey to Jobs
Journey to Jobs will air on WVIZ/PBS ideastream Friday, October 18 at 11:30 p.m.
JOURNEY TO JOBS is a one-hour special, presented as part of the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative, public media’s commitment to help communities illuminate pathways to gainful employment in America. JOURNEY TO JOBS is hosted by PBS Newshour’s Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hari will take viewers across the country, highlighting individuals and organizations who are connecting job seekers to employment at each stop.
Sometimes parents and their students assume a path to a four-year college degree is the best path to success, but some experts say this may not be the case. There are other alternatives to a four-year degree that can help a student save money and have a fulfilling, successful career.
Nine Network: Two Cents
Many young people are looking to trade or career and technical (vocational) school as a lucrative alternative to a four-year degree. But which trades offer the most bang for your buck?
A little training goes a long way! If you're looking for a career, see why Grace recommends getting into a trade in this video from American Graduate participants WHRO.
Mynextmove.org is an excellent free tool for browsing jobs. For each career, it lists the job outlook, salary range, education requirements, where to find local training programs, and open positions in your area. It also has a free online service that will match you to potential careers based on your interests.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education put together an interactive map of all Ohio public universities, branch campuses, community colleges, and career technical centers, so you can see what institutions are in your neighborhood.
Career technical centers train students in skills that prepare them for certain industries, such as the construction trades, software development, computer programming, cosmetology, and more. There is a center that serves every public high school community in Ohio, and classes are available to high schoolers for free or low-cost. Adult education is also offered (fees apply unless there is an open space in a high school class and an adult wishes to fill it). Find the career technical center in your region.
Ohio Means Jobs, Ohio Department of Education, and Ohio Department of Higher Education provide sample career pathways that show how you can get to the job you want. The following are a few pathways that they have outlined:
- Dental Assistant
- Information Technology (includes Network Administration)
- Health Science (includes Licensed Practical Nurse)
- Law & Public Safety (include Emergency Medical Technician)
- Construction Technologies (includes Electrical)
- Marketing (includes Customer Service Representative)
- Automotive Technology
- Electro-Mechanical Engineer
- Electrician Apprentice
- Insurance Claims Representative
- Computer User Support Specialist
- Manufacturing Technologies
Find more career pathways from the Ohio Department of Education. Some pathways can begin as early as 7th grade.
Apprenticeship programs provide an opportunity for individuals to learn and earn. These are on-the-job training programs in various in-demand industries such as pipe-fitting, carpentry, and electrical work. Below are resources for finding an apprenticeship:
- Apprenticeship Ohio
- Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
- ACT Ohio (Affiliated Construction Trades)
Community colleges can offer a less expensive way to earn certificates and degrees that qualify you for jobs you might want. Northeast Ohio community colleges offer many different programs in various in-demand industries. Find one near you on this map.
Anyone aged 14 and above can access over a dozen employment and training programs in “one-stop” at Ohio Means Jobs| Cleveland-Cuyahoga County located at 1910 Carnegie Ave. in downtown Cleveland. Services are free for those who qualify and include:
- Preparation and testing for the High School Equivalent (e.g., GED)
- Matching jobseekers to jobs – about 4,000 placed each year
- Funding career technical training for skills that are in demand
- Career counseling, resume development, job readiness training, skills assessment
- Recruitment of talent for businesses that are hiring
- Special services for those aged 14-24
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