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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

Information Technology Industry Council - $15,105.54 spent on 11 trips
94.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
5.4% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
San Jose, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus High Tech Community visit
Total Cost - $1,139.50

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Focus on how technology can be utilized to improve the quality of life in the Congressional District and to empower constituents.
Total Cost - $1,994.10

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Columbia, SC
Purpose - Tour high tech facilities and educational institutions
Total Cost - $1,173.20

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
April 20, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC High Tech Summit
Total Cost - $1,043.55

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Technology fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $1,747.05

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (3 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - Fact-finding tour with information technology expert
Total Cost - $960.70

MCKEON, HOWARD P - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Tour Hi-Tech Companies
Total Cost - $814.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (4 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - CBC Technology Summit
Total Cost - $1,782.05

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Silicon Valley, CA
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus visit to foster better relations with the high-tech industry and minorities.
Total Cost - $1,188.69

OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT - Democratic Party
April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Dallas, TX
Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Total Cost - $924.20

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Total Cost - $2,338.50

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.