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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.

Back to all reports

National Rifle Association - $42,502.01 spent on 23 trips
5.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
94.2% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 15, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Bd. Mtg./Speech
Total Cost - $959.51

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 24, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $615.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Arlington, VA
Purpose - Board meeting
Total Cost - $542.10

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
May 18, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (4 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $8,676.63

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (1 days)
Long Island, NY
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $2,100.82

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
November 18, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (1 days)
Hampton, GA
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $250.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Meeting
Total Cost - $2,839.50

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
January 12, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - board meeting
Total Cost - $1,173.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - meeting
Total Cost - $2,282.50

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
May 20, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (3 days)
Charlotte, NC
Purpose - Annual convention, Board of Directors meeting
Total Cost - $1,115.23

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - NRA event
Total Cost - $4,450.49

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
July 25, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - NRA annual board meeting
Total Cost - $2,045.69

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (1 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,000.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (1 days)
Bristol, VA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

YOUNG, DON E - Republican Party
June 26, 2000 - June 27, 2000 (2 days)
Greensboro, NC
Purpose - speak to outdoor writers assoc. of amer
Total Cost - $1,420.00

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
May 19, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (3 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Board members annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,536.50

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 27, 2002 - April 29, 2002 (3 days)
Reno, NV
Purpose - To participate in the NRA's annual event
Total Cost - $1,636.26

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 26, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - To participate in the NRA's Annual Board Meeting
Total Cost - $3,266.66

GRASSLEY, CHARLES E - Republican Party
April 23, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - attend NRA convention
Total Cost - $1,923.50

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
April 26, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,468.00

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Houston, TX
Purpose - NRA Board Meeting
Total Cost - $1,672.39

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose - Annual Board Meeting
Total Cost -

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
September 30, 2005 - October 4, 2005 (5 days)
Anchorage, AK
Purpose - NRA board meeting
Total Cost - $1,278.23

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.