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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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PELOSI, NANCY, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $9,352.75

Average cost per trip - $1,558.79
Total number of days spent traveling - 14 days
Rank of representative - 438 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.K.-U.S. Center for Local Government, Oxford University
Dates - May 11, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Oxford, England

Purpose - Lecturer at seminar
Notes - Dates at personal expense: 5/13/00-5/14/00

Travel Cost - $1,350.20
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,630.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boeing Inc.
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Seal Beach, CA

Purpose - Tour of Boeing Seal Beach facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $571.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $8.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $579.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Accompanied by child Christine Pelosi

Travel Cost - $1,442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Todo Puerto Rico con Vieques
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vieques, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,177.00
Lodging Cost - $732.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,929.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,536.00
Lodging Cost - $308.25
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,844.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Girl Scouts of Talus Rock Council
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Johnstown, PA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Girl Scouts' annual fundraising dinner
Notes - One way: NYC (Teterboro Airport) to Johnstown, PA (flight donated to Girl Scouts by L. Robert Kimball & Associates)

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.00

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.