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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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EMANUEL, RAHM, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $14,780.12

Average cost per trip - $2,111.45
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 365 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National-Louis University
Dates - June 7, 2003 - June 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Delivery of commencement speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - September 14, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to New York Stock Exchange and ringing of bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.50
Lodging Cost - $371.28
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Visit to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Future's Industry Association Annual Conference, "Washington Outlook Panel"
Notes - [Amended dates. 9/2/05]

Travel Cost - $2,707.10
Lodging Cost - $505.36
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,212.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - August 13, 2004 - August 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Notes - Chicago - Los Angeles - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,194.89
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,194.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jean-Jaures Foundation
Dates - October 19, 2004 - October 24, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - Participation in a publication and seminar hosted by the Jean-Jaures Foundation
Notes - Chicago - Paris, France - Chicago

Travel Cost - $2,234.86
Lodging Cost - $2,588.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,190.76
Total Cost - $6,014.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress
Notes - Location not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,023.65
Lodging Cost - $246.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,269.91

Additional family members - No

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.