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It is estimated that one in four young people drop out of high school each year and this represents a significant impediment to their own future happiness, health and success and a challenge to the ongoing development of an innovative and productive American workforce.This recently released report from the Social Science Research Council shows high levels of disconnection amongst youth aged 16-24 from study OR work in 25 major metro areas.These reports by the Innovation Trail team are part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen; a multi-year public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.The American Graduate project brings together more than 60 public media stations around the country in an initiative to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success.A forum and community conversation about the dropout crisis in Rochester, N.Y. will be held at WXXI's Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester from 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept 24.To be part of the studio audience call (585) 258-0252.PBS Frontline will air a special "Dropout Nation", airing at 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD.

Closing the gender gap in STEM education

This story is part of the Innovation Trail's partnership with FRONTLINE's Dropout Nation. You can read the other reports here.

In our latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we're taking a look at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the Capital Region.

High-tech multinational companies have moved into the area and they're hiring. Meanwhile some local school districts are struggling with graduation rates around 50 percent.

Jobs in STEM fields can pay 75 percent more than other jobs in the Capital Region, but historically, men have dominated those lucrative lines of work. Now there's a new push to try to close the gender gap.

This story is part of a national public media collaborative reporting effort around education, lead by FRONTLINE

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, preparing students for graduation, college, and a career.

WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail.
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