American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to high school graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history of improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and WVXU, in partnership with CET, is rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.

Together, WVXU and CET are working with national and community-based partners to raise awareness by creating local content on all facets of the problem. We’ll look at the issues that underlie the drop-out crisis, and at ideas that are working in our community. And we’ll help concerned citizens learn what they can do to help. You can follow our reports on Cincinnati Edition and Impact Cincinnati.

As part of the project, CET and Nine on Your Side will present Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education on Thursday, February 28th at 8:00 pm. The program will be simulcast on CET and Digital 9.2. With one out of four students failing to complete high school, the program explores the impact of the drop-out crisis on our region, as well as an innovative community approach to helping students stay on the path to graduation. 

To find out more about the initiative, visit

Dohn Community High School

Aug 15, 2012

Chris DeSimio is On the Money with a Cincinnati charter school using monetary incentives to keep the students coming to class and achieving behavior and academic goals. Dohn Community High School’s Principal Ramone Davenport and Chief Administrative Officer Kenneth Furrier discuss this unique, and controversial, program.

Mark Perzel speaks with Clara Martin, CEO of The Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, a non-profit agency that uses the arts to keep at-risk high school students in school and help them graduate.

According to a new national report, the number of Ohio schools with graduation rates of sixty percent or less increased dramatically during the last decade. But the 2010 graduation rate district-wide for Cincinnati Public Schools increased to over eighty-one percent.

Guests include:
Cincinnati Public Schools Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith
President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, John Bridgeland
Vice President of KnowledgeWorks Ohio, Andrew Benson

Nationally, only seven in ten students complete high school. While many students have the will to graduate, they often don't have the necessary support. But research shows having a mentor increases a young person's chances of success.

Guests include:
Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Vice President of Mentoring, Simone Bess
Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Mentoring Coordinator, Donald Swain
Darryl Long, member of the CYC mentoring program

WVXU, in partnership with CET, presents American Graduate, an ongoing examination of the consequences of, and solutions for, the high school dropout problem. As part of this initiative, Mark Perzel speaks with Greg Landsman, Executive Director of The Strive Partnership, which works with the Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport school districts and is spearheading the regional Campaign for Early Grade-Level Reading. Landsman explains why it's so important to help children with their reading before they finish third grade, and how Strive is helping.

As part of our continuing commitment to the American Graduate effort to prevent school drop-outs, Mark Perzel welcomed Principal Kimberly Mack and Resource Coordinator Pamela Knox from John P Parker Elementary School to discuss identifying kids at risk of dropping out and programs they have in place to address the issue. American Graduate is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.