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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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Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation - $322,943.08 spent on 25 trips
34.1% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
65.9% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Lebanon
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Total Cost - $280.00

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Total Cost - $18,000.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
March 24, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - fact-finding and educational mission
Total Cost - $8,900.51

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
March 28, 2002 - March 31, 2002 (4 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Lisbon, Portugal
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - to attend Qatari-American international conference
Total Cost - $9,325.04

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Total Cost - $12,497.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $8,724.00

JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $19,500.00

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Qatar
Purpose - Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets & Democracy, Doha Qatar
Total Cost - $15,800.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $8,267.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt
Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Total Cost - $9,140.00

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $6,229.74

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Qatar
Purpose - second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Total Cost - $18,870.00

ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (12 days)
Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria
Purpose - Attend conference with Codel
Total Cost - $19,797.00

RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (8 days)
Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $19,800.76

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $8,540.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004 (6 days)
Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Purpose - speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Total Cost - $18,097.68

SUNUNU, JOHN E - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (6 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar
Purpose - to speak at the Qatari-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Total Cost - $9,000.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (8 days)
United Arab Emirates - Qatar - Lebanon
Purpose - congressional fact finding
Total Cost - $10,480.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): University of Qatar
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $16,480.00

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Total Cost - $17,643.02

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $20,132.90

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
March 26, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (5 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Attend Fifth Annual Forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $8,854.70

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (7 days)
Doha, Qatar - N'Djamena, Chad
Purpose - Doha (Attend conference on Free Trade and Democracy) Chad (Visit refugee camps; humanitarian fact-finding)
Total Cost - $10,142.43

ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Total Cost - $18,137.00

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Doha, Qatar
Co-sponsor(s): National Chamber Foundation
Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Total Cost - $10,303.50

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.