The Ohio Collaborative
ThinkTV is proud to work with PBS affiliates WVIZ/ideastream in Cleveland and WOSU in Columbus to help advance education and career readiness statewide. The three stations are partnering to assess workforce challenges and opportunities, and to produce content focused on the essential skills needed for students and workers to succeed in the job markets of today and tomorrow.
The first major collaborative effort between the three public media stations was Talking Jobs with Ohio’s Next Governor, a live forum and broadcast that brought together the two major candidates for governor with students and young workers from across the state. The live forum with Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine took place on October 4, 2018 at the Idea Center® at Playhouse Square in Cleveland in front of a live studio audience of young Ohioans. The livestreamed forum was turned into a broadcast that aired on PBS stations statewide.
The second joint project was to co-produce a half-hour documentary, The Career Path Less Taken. Against the backdrop of Ohio’s looming skills gap, The Career Path Less Taken travels across the state to innovative career-tech education programs (CTE) that are preparing young people for the jobs of tomorrow. The film challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating that there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.
Explore some paths From Here to Career
Hear from young people who have found a path to an in-demand career and their stories of how they got there.
Visit the online resource page for The Career Path Less Taken
Find online resources for the documentary, including a Toolkit & Discussion Guide to assist in hosting local screenings and events.
Watch the Broadcast version of Talking Jobs with Ohio’s Next Governor
Host Andy Chow of the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau offers highlights of conversations with gubernatorial candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine.