© 2024 Ideastream Public Media

1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216) 916-6100 | (877) 399-3307

WKSU is a public media service licensed to Kent State University and operated by Ideastream Public Media.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

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 Career Path Less Taken challenges traditional notions of success by demonstrating that there are many pathways to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.

The Career Path Less Taken is a half-hour documentary co-presented by Ohio's public television stations – ideastream, WOSU Public Media, and CET – as a part of American Graduate: Getting to Work. The three stations are partnering to produce content focused on the changing workplace and the educational pathways to skilled jobs.

Here is a LESSON PLAN for 6th-12th graders.

Learn more about the documentary here.

View a photo gallery from The Career Path Less Taken Family Fun Night, held on Thursday, September 5th.


Watch the special on-demand now.


Digital Toolkit

Share the documentary with your local community with our Screening Toolkit & Discussion Guide. Anyone can host an event and be prepared to facilitate a conversation about the topics included.

Read the guide below, and download a copy here. And,download this promotional flier to personalize for an event in your location.

For Educators

The Career Path Less Taken will offer clear explanations of intricate data, along with insights from experts in the fields of education, economics, workforce development, and high-growth industries facing labor shortages who are striving to better align Ohio’s education system with the needs of its workforce and economy. Read more here.

View the Career Tech Talk After-Show with State Superintendent, Paolo DeMaria

Northeast Oho families attend screenings of The Career Path Less Taken. The State Supt. Paolo DeMaria moderates an in-depth discussion with Fort Hayes Career Center students and industry partners as a post-show program that talks to more career technical education students about their career journey.

There are additional resources on the career profiles pageincluding The Career Path Taken Zoom Series Interviews and work resources page with Smart Money video.

Local Sponsor