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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 Association of Broadcasters - $150,956.09 spent on 41 trips
27.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
72.3% spent on Republican Party

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 21, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participated in panel discussion
Total Cost - $5,101.83

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 17, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in a SHIVA roundtable
Total Cost - $2,604.79

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement as a member of a Congressional panel
Total Cost - $5,963.10

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 21, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speech to annual convention of television digital transition matters.
Total Cost - $1,761.00

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - public policy conference
Total Cost - $3,414.72

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
January 13, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (2 days)
Carlsbad, CA
Purpose - To address Board of Directors Winter Meeting in Carlsbad
Total Cost - $5,753.91

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at convention and meet w/ association members
Total Cost - $3,750.04

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participation in National Association of Broadcasters 2003 Convention
Total Cost - $6,655.30

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Participate in National Association of Broadcasters radio show
Total Cost - $876.23

FOSSELLA, VITO MR - Republican Party
April 8, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $4,080.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 5, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Serve on a congressional panel
Total Cost - $4,072.84

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 4, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaker at National Association of Broadcasters Congressional Breakfast
Total Cost - $6,945.19

HARMAN, JANE - Democratic Party
April 22, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement at conference.
Total Cost - $321.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak at annual meeting - energy and commerce issues
Total Cost - $1,054.63

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion at Natl. Association of Broadcasters 2000 convention
Total Cost - $7,082.85

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
April 20, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on legislative panel at the National Association of Broadcasters 2001 Convention
Total Cost - $9,361.74

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - convention participation and roundtable discussion
Total Cost - $1,882.61

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 5, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - to speak at conference of broadcasters
Total Cost - $8,401.22

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speak at national association of broadcasters - meet with Wisconsin broadcasters - attend educational sessions - view exhibits on broadcasting, the internet, mulitmedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $5,815.25

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,264.76

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 6, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,303.22

TERRY, LEE - Republican Party
April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Served on a panel
Total Cost - $4,329.25

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - conference (relating to subcommittee)
Total Cost - $2,085.80

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 22, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Educational; speaker on legislative update panel
Total Cost - $1,498.20

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $3,291.25

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
October 2, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (2 days)
Portland, OR
Purpose - official speaking engagement and congressional panel participation at National Association of Broadcasters Convention
Total Cost - $2,537.72

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 16, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in congressional panel
Total Cost - $2,702.14

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,236.00

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 7, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking on panel
Total Cost - $2,519.50

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $4,109.97

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 18, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel with Montanans present
Total Cost - $2,820.65

WYDEN, RONALD LEE - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speech to NAB congressional breakfast
Total Cost - $3,933.63

COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
April 6, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - national association of broadcasters annual convention congressional panelist
Total Cost - $3,019.75

UPTON, FREDERICK STEPHEN - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To speak on a panel regarding telecommunications issues. - 1000 people
Total Cost - $1,353.44

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speak w/ executives at NAB, meet w/ broadcasters, attend educational sessions new exhibits on broadcasting, internet, multimedia technology and hardware
Total Cost - $4,816.31

BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,436.60

BARTON, JOE L - Republican Party
April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on a panel at the Congressional breakfast at the National Association of Broadcasters
Total Cost - $4,984.49

WALDEN, GREGORY PAUL - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - NAB conference; participate in Congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,873.05

BURNS, CONRAD R - Republican Party
April 17, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate on panel. Montanans will be present
Total Cost - $3,240.85

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To participate in the National Association of Broadcaster's Annual Convention
Total Cost - $2,367.70

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
April 16, 2005 - April 19, 2005 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Participate in annual conference
Total Cost - $5,333.56

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.