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Through the public media initiative American Graduate: Getting To Work, Idaho Public Television is working with our partners to highlight Idaho’s educational pathways to high-demand, skilled jobs that offer a good wage without the expense of a four-year degree.

Our Partners

Idaho State Board of Education
Idaho workforce Development Council
Idaho Department of Labor
Idaho Career and Technical Education

Partner Resources

Next Steps Idaho
Advanced Opportunities
Idaho Career Information System
Apprenticeship Idaho - Idaho Department of Labor


Workforce Development Council Knife River Trucking 360

The trucking industry hauls over 70% of the freight in the United States, creating a $791 billion dollar industry that is the lifeblood of our economy. In this digital short we meet Bill Larson from Knife River Trucking who shares his experiences as a truck driver.

Idaho Job Corps

In this American Graduate: Getting To Work video we explore Idaho Job Corps which offers 16 to 24 year-olds alternative pathways to complete their High School education, get a GED, or begin their post-secondary education in community college. Idaho Job Corps works with students individually as they pursue a cost-free education and develop skills that can lead to a rewarding career.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In this American Graduate: Getting To Work video, we explore the benefits of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federally funded program providing pathways to employment for youth and adults through work-based learning.

Mahon Logging 360

In this American Graduate video we made in collaboration with Idaho's Workforce Development Council, we take a virtual tour of an Idaho logging site with Mahon Logging to explore the career opportunities available in Idaho's forests.

College of Southern Idaho Horticulture Program

In this American Graduate piece, we learn about the Horticulture Program at the College of Southern Idaho, which can lead to career opportunities in landscape architecture as well as in growing, selling, and caring for ornamental plants.

Explore COSSA

In this American Graduate piece from Idaho Public Television, we explore COSSA, the Canyon Owyhee School Service Agency, one of Idaho’s 17 Career and Technical Education schools, serving a consortium of five school districts in Canyon and Owyhee counties.

Idaho SBDC Unemployment Insurance Webinars

If you are a small business owner, self-employed or an independent contractor being affected by COVID-19, you may find helpful resources through the Idaho Small Business Development Center, which is hosting a series of webinars on unemployment insurance.

Health Professionals Fighting COVID-19

In a time of global crisis, frontline health professionals put their education and skills to the test, risking their lives to keep communities safe.

Idaho Workforce Development Council's Youth Apprenticeship Initiative

In this American Graduate video, we explore the Idaho Workforce Development Council’s Youth Apprenticeship Initiative, allowing businesses to strengthen their workforce while giving youth an opportunity to learn as they earn.

High Demand Jobs: Machining and Welding

Welders and machinists are in high demand in Idaho.

Rekluse Motorsports Manufacturing Tour

Take a tour of Rekluse Motorsports to see what goes into creating high-quality products for motorcycles.

Idaho Rebound Grants

Governor Brad Little designated $300 million from CARES Act funds to aid small businesses in Idaho, with grants of up to $10,000.

Learn More about Rebound Idaho

Meriwether Cider: Putting the GI Bill to Work

See how a small cider company met its workforce needs through the use of the GI Bill and the VA Apprenticeship Program.

West Ada Career and Technical Education

With seventeen Career and Technical Education schools to choose from throughout Idaho, you're sure to find a new skill that will spark your passions. Meet Cristina Barroso, who discovered a love for welding that's shaping her future.

CWI Western States
CAT Tech

A good career path often starts in high school. Meet Jeremy Perkins, who is making the most of his education as he works to become a Western States Caterpillar Technician through training at KTEC and the CWI Western States CAT Tech Program.

American Graduate Electrical Apprenticeship

In Pocatello we learn how the JATC apprenticeship trains electrical technicians of the future through classroom and real-world experience.

KTEC Welding Program

Metalworkers build the backbone of our country. At KTEC in northern Idaho, we discovered it is a trade taught well.

Clark Fork High School
CTE Program

In the small town of Clark Fork, Idaho, we discovered Career and Technical Education is as vital a part of student development as science, English, and math.

Mountain View High School Broadcast Technology

In this video about the Broadcast Technology Program at Mountain View High School, we learn from senior Justin Buss and instructor Michael Gartner that developing new skill sets and learning professional practices can build strong relationships.

Samantha Spencer, DTEC Collision Repair Student

Meet Samantha Spencer, a Kuna High School student whose creative interests led her to explore auto body collision repair at Dennis Technical Education Center in Boise.


FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Applying may be easier than you think. This 90-second PSA provides information on FAFSA, its deadlines, and how to apply. The video features college and career coordinator Kathy Purin of Kuna High School. To learn more go to

Life Happens: Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is an affordable way to get hands-on experience that will serve as the foundation for your success. To learn more visit Idaho Career and Technical Education or Next Steps Idaho.

Paul Danenberg Apprenticeship

Explore the value of apprenticeships in this short profile of auto technician Paul Danenberg, who graduated from the College of Southern Idaho and began his career with Dennis Dillon GMC in Boise. Learn more about apprenticeships for your career or business.

Idaho Pathways

A high school career program doesn't just teach technical skills, it allows students to explore their passions while building the self-confidence to believe in the promise of their dreams. To learn more visit Idaho Career and Technical Education or Next Steps Idaho.

Obstacles and Options: Building Paths Beyond High School

A town hall discussion hosted by Kevin Richert and Idaho Ed News with a panel of students, teachers, and policy makers discussing the challenges and opportunities facing students and young adults seeking post-secondary education and career placement.

Advancing Education and Career Readiness

Idaho Public Television is strengthening its commitment to education throughout the state with "American Graduate: Getting To Work," a public media initiative from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to illuminate pathways to post-secondary education and career placement.

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