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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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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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MALONEY, CAROLYN B, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $26,999.58

Average cost per trip - $5,399.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 240 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational Mission
Notes - Child Christina Maloney accompanied. Other costs are for security costs.

Travel Cost - $7,486.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,629.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Medical College, Qatar Foundation
Dates - October 8, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Rep. Maloney attended the official opening of Weill-Cornell Medical College-Qatar (Cornell Medical College is in her district). She also participated in a meeting with the Qatari Foreign Minister attended RAND-Q Conference, and met with QF Education City.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,965.50
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,665.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Notes - Meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 22, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ottawa, Canada

Purpose - Attend Parliamentary Forum in Ottawa
Notes -

Travel Cost - $847.92
Lodging Cost - $127.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $974.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council of California Inc
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Mrs Maloney honored as Co-Chair of Hellenic Caucus by AHC at their Annual Dinner Dance on March 5, 2005
Notes - New York (JFK) - Los Angeles (LAX) - New York (JFK)

Travel Cost - $423.00
Lodging Cost - $339.86
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.86

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.