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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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  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Lockheed Martin - $7,415.65 spent on 12 trips
57.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
42.5% spent on Republican Party

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
September 30, 2003 - September 30, 2003 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Speak at re-opening of Lockheed-Martin's Courtland, AL facility
Total Cost - $661.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 24, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - Attend event at Lockheed-Martin plant in Meridian
Total Cost - $612.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
July 8, 2003 - July 8, 2003 (1 days)
Meridian, MS
Purpose - A workplace shooting occurred at the Lockheed martin facility in Lauderdale County. I traveled to visit the plant, law enforcement and the victims in the hospital to assist in a very tragic situation
Total Cost - $515.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
December 15, 2003 - December 15, 2003 (1 days)
Marietta, GA
Purpose - Tour and fact-finding with Montana Company - summit Engineering
Total Cost - $488.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
January 30, 2003 - January 30, 2003 (1 days)
Greenville, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $800.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
September 30, 2002 - September 30, 2002 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Purpose - Tour of Lockheed-Martin Courtland facility
Total Cost - $661.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Buffalo, NY - Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official fact-finding travel.
Total Cost - $1,031.75

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - briefing and tour
Total Cost - $1,500.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
July 23, 2004 - July 23, 2004 (1 days)
Albany, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $520.00

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (1 days)
Binghamton, NY
Purpose - Official announcement
Total Cost - $410.00

WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Suffolk, VA
Purpose - Tour new facility
Total Cost - $216.90

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
July 8, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.