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

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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.

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.

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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Sony Music - $23,452.83 spent on 14 trips
76.2% spent on Democratic Party
2.9% spent on Independent Party
20.9% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $719.62

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,450.72

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 17, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Tour Sony Studios and participate in meetings with Sony officials
Total Cost - $823.08

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
April 15, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Visit Sony music studios, Press Play joint venture and meet with music industry representatives regarding privacy and intellectual property concerns.
Total Cost - $680.00

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-caucus retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Total Cost - $1,709.22

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Congressional Conference
Total Cost - $1,566.51

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by Sony Music
Total Cost - $1,000.21

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
October 4, 2003 - October 6, 2003 (3 days)
Mexico City, Mexico - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,583.96

SCARBOROUGH, CHARLES JOSEPH - Republican Party
March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose - study intellectual property issues, online music technology, etc.
Total Cost - $1,118.26

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 10, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (7 days)
Honolulu, HI
Purpose - Keynote, Sony Open Forum 2005 "Era of Convergence: Re-examining its Threats and Opportunities"
Total Cost - $3,793.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To participate in briefings, demonstrations and discussions related to the music industry
Total Cost - $695.01

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - Congressional Tri Caucus retreat
Total Cost - $2,277.58

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.