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How Jad Abumrad turned childhood awkwardness into his job

Jad Abumrad, co-host of Radiolab, says he grew up in a kind of in-between space, as an Arab kid in Nashville. That experience molded him as a journalist, able to stand back as an observer, and to allow the fumbling awkwardness of discovery to come through. Now

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Should more kids skip college for workforce training?

Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree. How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study? One solution may lie in putting grea

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Female cadet commands respect at her high school

Shantell Gonzalez of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High in Miami refuses to let gender stereotypes get in the way of service to her country: she is the only female CO in her school’s Junior ROTC unit. Our Student Reporting Labs report as part of Outside the

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Girls build their future in construction class

High school students Channell Rogers and Sierra Buster refuse to let gender stereotypes prevent them from pursuing construction, a hobby they both enjoy and a career they both aspire to. Our Student Reporting Labs report as part of Outside the Box, a series on

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Demystifying college for first-generation applicants

Final deadlines for college applications are looming this week, and students who are first in their families to attend college are far less likely to have help navigating the application system. The College Advising Corps aims to change that by recruiting coll

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WCTE presents 

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airing on WCTE...

Reaching for the Sky is the sixth episode in WCTE’s original documentary series Growing Education as a part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis. Track visits the challenges and opportunities for have not earned their high school diploma, or adults who have their high school diploma  but dropped out of college before earning their degree.  The segment focuses on how  we re-engage adult students in the Upper Cumberland, including such organizations as  Putnam County's Adult Learning Center and the newly established Upper Cumberland  Tennessee Reconnect Center, which provides support and advice for adults who began  their post-secondary education but did not finish. This show will look at both services and other opportunities for adult learners to ‘get back on track’ with their education.

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