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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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GREGG, JUDD A, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $0.00

Average cost per trip - $0.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 638 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New England Council
Dates - October 9, 2001 - October 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - "New Englander of the Year Award" event
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Boston for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Invest to Compete Alliance Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Palm Beach, 3 nights hotel accommodation, and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Education Reform
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Jamaica and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Boston College
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chestnut Hill, MA

Purpose - Boston College Center for Irish Programs "Public Service Award" event.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so costs not specified - costs are for lodging and meal for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Middleburg, VA

Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on US Mexico Relations
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure so actual costs not specified; costs are for round trip air travel from DC to Mexico and lodging and meals for self and spouse.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - Aspen Institute conference on Brazil
Notes - Washington, DC - Bahamas - Washington, DC Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Friends of Cancer Research
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 5, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon, NH

Purpose - Forum on medical research and its practical effects
Notes - Washington, DC - Lebanon, NH Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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.