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Pathways to Work

Pathways to Work 

For over ten years, Nine PBS has partnered with trusted community organizations to understand barriers and solutions to improving outcomes for people in our community.  Our Pathways to Work initiative engages trusted partners to understand career pathways for youth in our community and opportunities for midcareer individuals to upskill or reskill in core pathways: manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and IT.  The goals of this initiative have been shaped by two of the greatest challenges our workforce partners face: diversifying talent pipelines and bringing awareness to, and dispelling negative perceptions of, high-demand, skilled careers – those jobs that require some training or education beyond a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree.

Living St. Louis

Living St. Louis Special: Pathways to Work


To explore the real-life stories behind the data in St. Louis Community College’s State of the St. Louis Workforce report, Living St. Louis: Pathways to Work features instructors, employers, and workers discussing the changes they believe are key to building an equitable regional economy. This program tells the stories of Gateway Global, a STEM-based apprenticeship and workforce development program helping to prepare young people for careers in the geospatial sector; the St. Louis Internship Program, helping young people develop the soft skills they need to be successful in the workplace; and the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College that is upskilling and reskilling individuals in the trucking industry to fill crucial worker shortages.

2021 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report

This report explores the trends and challenges impacting our region’s employers and workforce and examines “Equitable Recovery, Equitable Opportunity, Equitable Growth” with a focus on aspects of the recently released STL 2030 Jobs Plan, including the definition of “quality jobs,” building the pipeline to equitable opportunity, the workforce of the future and the role employers, institutions and individuals can play in helping our region become a talent engine and magnet for workers living in St. Louis.

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As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, a PBS series, The Future of Work, explored the accelerated pace of change in the workplace and the potential for long-term impact on workers, employers, educators, and communities across our country.

Nine PBS’s Ruth Ezell hosted a panel conversation that digs into how national trends in reskilling, the gig economy, and inequity impact people in the St. Louis Region.

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About Nine PBS’s Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC)

In 2020, members of the Regional Youth Employment Coalition (RYEC) entrusted Nine PBS to become its new leader and home. This partnership deepens Nine PBS’s commitment to foster economic empowerment and strengthen the quality of life through a racial equity lens by increasing youth employability, growing diverse talent pipelines, and impacting systemic change through synergistic, passion-driven collaboratives. 

Learn more about RYEC here >

Community Resources and Reports

Trusted organizations in our region create reports and resources for employers and job seekers to better understand the workforce landscape.

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Nine PBS leverages our Community Engagement Model to understand the complexity of our region’s workforce ecosystem. These partners provide the basis for the goals of our Pathways to Work Initiative through ongoing discussions.

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