ECLC of New Jersey is thrilled to be featured on American Graduate Day, a live national, public television broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging the country around the high school dropout crisis, which is airing on Oct. 14.

ECLC was chosen for its excellence in fully preparing students with special needs for life after school—whether a job, day program or continued education. “At ECLC, all students graduate with a roadmap to their future,” said ECLC Executive Director, Bruce Litinger. “Our students sample jobs prior to graduation with the goal of identifying the best match. For students who may not be ready for employment, we have the PRIDE Adult Program as an option. Our affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS), also helps students and their families navigate through the maze of state and federal agencies to access aid and services.”

ECLC Public Affairs Director, Amalia Duarte (seated, second from right), met with PBS executives and representatives from nonprofits around the country that are helping students stay in school and graduate.

American Graduate Day is focused on telling stories, creating resources, and building community connections. This year, with the graduation rate at an all-time high, American Graduate Day is expanding the conversation and stories beyond the high school diploma, highlighting the inspiring individuals and organizations helping students graduate high school and look toward their next chapter: achieving career success.

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien hosts the four-hour special, which will broadcast and stream live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 p.m., to 6 p.m., on PBS stations. (Viewers should check local listings.)

ECLC is honored to be among nonprofit organizations featured on American Graduate Day, including: