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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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Merrill Lynch - $12,857.37 spent on 9 trips
70.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
29.9% spent on Republican Party

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $680.00

BAKER, RICHARD HUGH - Republican Party
February 24, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): Fannie Mae
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $330.00

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Led freshman delegation to NYSE
Total Cost - $732.00

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
May 5, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (3 days)
Bermuda
Co-sponsor(s): MPM Capital, Hale & Dorr LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Comerica Bank Corp
Purpose - keynote speaker at industry conference
Total Cost - $2,832.12

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 22, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - freshman democratic class
Total Cost - $2,486.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - to learn more about the securities markets and financial services
Total Cost - $1,082.00

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,922.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - Meet with NYSE officials and regulators and visit Merrill Lynch equities and trading floor
Total Cost - $731.00

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.