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Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

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  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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BAIRD, BRIAN, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $22,099.21

Average cost per trip - $3,683.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 282 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Denali, AK

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr. Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $1,280.38
Lodging Cost - $777.32
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,245.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Psychological Association
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Deliver William Bevan lecture at APA annual convention
Notes - Indicates both dates were at personal expense, other costs are copy services, trans cost includes $53 in cab fare

Travel Cost - $202.50
Lodging Cost - $184.04
Meal Cost - $18.11
Other Cost - $6.50
Total Cost - $411.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Educational - civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied. Other costs are entry fees. $1000 of cost was paid personally by Baird

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost - $168.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $558.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Congressional Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $268.80
Meal Cost - $268.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $562.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Rachel Nugent accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $635.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - December 13, 2003 - December 20, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose - International Exchange with Japanese Political, business, and social leaders
Notes - Spouse - Rachel Nugent

Travel Cost - $13,921.06
Lodging Cost - $2,057.94
Meal Cost - $957.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,936.96

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.