Every year, more than 1.3 million students drop out of high school. That's 7,000 students a day.
Students have the will to graduate, but they do not always have the necessary support or resources. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), working with national partners, such as America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen — an initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in this country. Local public radio and television stations, located in 20 impacted "hub markets" where the dropout crisis is most acute, are at the core of the American Graduate initiative. As part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, WJCT is working with multiple community partners to address the dropout crisis in Duval County and across Florida in a partnership with Florida Public Broadcast System (FPBS) and member stations WDSC, WEDU, WFSU, WLRN and WUSF. Each month, WJCT reporter Cyd Hoskinson focuses on some of the local programs that help at-risk students in our area earn their diplomas.