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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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Congressional Hispanic Caucus - $25,170.83 spent on 22 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Total Cost - $574.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 20, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (1 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board Meeting Retreat
Total Cost - $1,444.90

HINOJOSA, RUBEN E - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CHCI Trip to New York
Total Cost - $1,230.17

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - board meeting
Total Cost - $1,623.09

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - CHCI Board Member
Total Cost - $639.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI board member retreat and meeting
Total Cost - $2,538.98

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Planning and organization
Total Cost - $722.82

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 20, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (7 days)
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board of directors meeting
Total Cost - $1,706.80

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Total Cost - $1,629.09

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Visit Wall Street; meet Citibank Corp. and other financial persons
Total Cost - $1,367.36

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 18, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board retreat and board meeting
Total Cost - $1,303.55

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Kingsmill, VA
Purpose - board retreat
Total Cost - $669.94

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board meeting and CHCI Board Retreat
Total Cost - $1,923.17

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding tour or Wall Street and visit with finance officers
Total Cost - $1,367.36

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
McAllen, TX
Purpose - meetings
Total Cost - $424.00

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - meetings
Total Cost - $395.50

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Educational/Fact finding, Puerto Rico
Total Cost - $1,559.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
March 30, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Representing CHCI as Chairwoman and leading housing workshops for CHCI
Total Cost - $470.10

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board Retreat
Total Cost - $2,204.30

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
October 3, 2005 - October 4, 2005 (2 days)
NY
Co-sponsor(s): Nielsen Media Research
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel discussion regarding programs with the University of NY system including 11 colleges and 6 community colleges. The Congresswoman represented the CHCI as Chair.
Total Cost - $779.20

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.