FutureWork: A Story of Yesterday & Today

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Eastman Kodak once was one of America’s premiere companies. Kodak was a brand synonymous with the art of photography. Now it has become a technology company, but at a terrific cost to its workforce.

We introduce “FutureWork,” a four-part series from Oscar-winning documentary director Barbara Kopple about how American workers and companies are adapting to new economic realities.

In our first episode, we explore the demise of Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and the impact it has had on local families struggling to find work in the aftermath of the company’s massive layoffs.

Upcoming episodes of “FutureWork” will focus on: Year Up, a non-profit organization that partners with employers to provide young adults with training and internships; a two-year technical program developed by Toyota in central Kentucky that combines real work experience for incoming employees with advanced training in the field of robotics and automation; and how youth tech competitions like the Vex Robotics World Championships are becoming recruiting grounds for companies seeking employees with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

More in WorkingNation’s FutureWork series:

FutureWork: “A Year Up”

FutureWork: Model of the Future

FutureWork: The Olympics of Robotics

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