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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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Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association - $235,533.85 spent on 28 trips
46.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.2% spent on Republican Party

ACKERMAN, GARY L - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,970.00

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $12,090.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
December 6, 2003 - December 18, 2003 (13 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - official visit with Pres./Am. Institute/and government and business leaders.
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CALLAHAN, HERBERT L - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $10,500.00

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 13, 2003 - January 21, 2003 (9 days)
Taiwan - Japan
Purpose - To participate in international inter-parliamentary conference on Asian-Pacific security and meet with Taiwanese officials including President, VP, Premier Speaker and legislators, and to meet with Japanese ministers and legislators.
Total Cost - $8,539.60

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
January 3, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (13 days)
Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India - Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Purpose - Pakistan/India portion: to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues. Taiwan portion: speak at Asia-Pacific Security Interparliamentary Forum, meet with President, vice-president and prime minister
Total Cost - $6,959.92

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
March 21, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (9 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,250.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $25,483.86

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,743.55

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Total Cost - $6,870.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $11,346.00

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taiwan - South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Korea-US Exchange Council
Purpose - increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,838.30

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $5,830.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
January 12, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - economic conference/ research
Total Cost - $10,173.62

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,200.00

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
January 14, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding Visit
Total Cost - $3,790.00

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,539.00

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
June 26, 2004 - June 30, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,500.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Total Cost - $7,250.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Learn about Taiwan's defense needs and the trade relationship between Taiwan and America (especially Houston)
Total Cost - $8,000.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-Finding & Education visit
Total Cost - $14,500.00

BURTON, DANNY L - Republican Party
October 19, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (10 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,750.00

GONZALEZ, CHARLES A - Democratic Party
November 5, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding, educational visit
Total Cost - $7,250.00

LANGEVIN, JAMES R - Democratic Party
December 1, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,840.00

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
January 4, 2004 - January 7, 2004 (4 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Promote and strengthen cultural and economic ties to Rhode Island
Total Cost - $4,700.00

GARRETT, E SCOTT - Republican Party
January 12, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Familiarization / Educational trip to Taiwan
Total Cost - $5,080.00

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding.
Total Cost - $7,190.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Total Cost - $8,100.00

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.