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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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World Economic Forum - $177,899.20 spent on 42 trips
42.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
58.0% spent on Republican Party

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $6,894.50

BEREUTER, DOUGLAS K - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $9,881.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 25, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (7 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participant and attended meetings
Total Cost - $8,606.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in and attend conference
Total Cost - $2,009.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
January 20, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend and participate in forum
Total Cost - $5,349.40

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $3,450.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Total Cost - $1,425.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $3,440.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 26, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Forum's annual meeting
Total Cost - $7,490.53

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Total Cost - $7,161.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,802.00

DUNN, JENNIFER - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost -

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
January 21, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in forum
Total Cost - $8,983.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - conference participation
Total Cost - $6,894.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
February 25, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (3 days)
Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Forum meetings
Total Cost - $2,465.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Conference participation
Total Cost - $3,650.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in forum
Total Cost - $1,833.50

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (7 days)
Geneva, Switzerland - Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participation in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $7,004.22

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Total Cost - $6,894.50

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participant
Total Cost - $1,993.50

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2000 - January 30, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate on a panel, Jan. 29-30 at personal expense
Total Cost - $4,640.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant on panel
Total Cost - $7,211.00

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - to discuss the future of NATO
Total Cost - $3,650.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participant in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos
Total Cost - $9,464.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participated in WEF annual meeting
Total Cost - $270.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 22, 2003 - January 27, 2003 (6 days)
Zurich, Switzerland
Purpose - congressman participated in forum
Total Cost - $7,907.84

THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speech and fact finding
Total Cost - $1,742.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - World Economic Forum Conference
Total Cost - $927.00

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
January 22, 2004 - January 26, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attendance at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
Total Cost - $2,058.58

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - speaking engagement at work economic forum annual meeting
Total Cost - $6,038.56

GRAHAM, BOB - Democratic Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in World Economic Forum
Total Cost - $1,727.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 25, 2001 - January 27, 2001 (3 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Speech, participation in Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,380.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Participation in forum (four day event)
Total Cost - $1,711.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participation in World Economic Conference
Total Cost - $5,919.00

KERRY, JOHN F - Democratic Party
January 24, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To participate in the world economic conference
Total Cost - $5,052.10

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - participate in workshops
Total Cost - $2,156.00

TORRICELLI, ROBERT G - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - To attend World Economic Forum conference
Total Cost - $1,871.00

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
January 25, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - participate in the Forum's 30th annual meeting
Total Cost - $180.00

MARKEY, EDWARD JOHN - Democratic Party
January 26, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (5 days)
Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in panels on various economic issues
Total Cost - $8,475.38

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Total Cost - $5,549.58

LEACH, JAMES A - Republican Party
January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Total Cost - $1,878.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
January 21, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (5 days)
Davos, Switzerland
Purpose - Participate in World Economic Forum meetings as part of CODEL Portman
Total Cost - $864.01

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.