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A Forum Focused on the Local Career and Technical Education Opportunities Airs on Mountain Lake Journal on April 11th at 8 PM
New Website, Crosswalks.mountainlake.org, Provides Video and Resources for Students, Parents, and Educators
Plattsburgh, NY – 4/3/2014 – With grant support from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB) and POV, Mountain Lake PBS is launching a new initiative called Career Crosswalks aimed at helping students to see the relevance of their education to potential careers.
Career Crosswalks is a multiplatform project with both broadcast and online elements. On the air, Mountain Lake PBS will produce a special edition of Mountain Lake Journal, airing on Friday, April 11th at 8 PM. This forum is designed to raise the awareness of the Career and Technical Education opportunities that are available to local students.
Panelists on the Career Crosswalks Forum include Michele Armani, Director of Special Programs, North Country Workforce Investment Board; Paul DeDominicas, Director of Community Workforce Development, Clinton Community College, Paul Grasso, President and CEO, The Development Corporation; John Jablonski, President, Clinton Community College; and James McCartney, Director, CV-Tec.
“Mountain Lake PBS is fostering the business and community partners that will help inform students about the opportunities available, and at the same time, help our local businesses find the qualified workers they need,” said Alice Recore, President & CEO, Mountain Lake PBS.
The Career Crosswalks website, crosswalks.mountainlake.org hosts videos and resources designed for students, parents, and educators. Students and parents will find videos profiling local businesses, and some of their employees, highlighting not only the career opportunities in this region, but also the different types of jobs available, and the training required.
“As a long-time partner to the educational institutions in the area, Mountain Lake PBS is proud to provide Career Crosswalks. The media and resources available online will help ensure that local students have the necessary skills to take their place in the 21st Century global economy,” said Jane Owens, Director of Education & Outreach, Mountain Lake PBS.
In December 2013, American Documentary | POV awarded grants totaling $150,000 to 17 PBS stations to support local programming and community activities connected with the award-winning documentaries American Promise and Brooklyn Castle. Mountain Lake PBS was a recipient of one of these grants. The films and related community activities are part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) that helps communities identify and implement solutions to improve high school graduation rates. These grants were awarded to stations to engage community stakeholders in discussions around key issues and solutions raised in the films, including the value of afterschool programs and ways to close the achievement gap.
American Promise, by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, spans 13 years as these middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, and his best friend who make their way through Manhattan’s prestigious private Dalton School. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
American Promise won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a co-production of Rada Film Group, ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by CPB. It is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by CPB. The film is produced in association with American Documentary | POV and is a co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium.
The special edition of Mountain Lake Journal airs Friday, April 11th at 8 PM, and repeats on Saturday, April 12th at 7 PM, and Sunday April 13th at 5:30 AM and 10 AM.
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About Mountain Lake PBS
Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.