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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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Crop Life America - $61,421.32 spent on 20 trips
22.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
77.1% spent on Republican Party

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To discuss issues with APCA executives that could impact the pesticide and biotechnology industry
Total Cost - $5,896.83

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meetings and participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $2,207.00

CANADY, CHARLES T - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual Mtg./participate in panel discussions
Total Cost - $3,644.72

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend ACPa Annual Meeting and discuss legislative issues affecting the agricultural chemical industry
Total Cost - $2,334.66

COBLE, JOHN HOWARD - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To speak to the annual meeting of the ACPA
Total Cost - $3,676.41

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Educational - annual board meeting/member participation
Total Cost - $2,366.00

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak
Total Cost - $8,636.14

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at meeting
Total Cost - $4,384.98

EWING, THOMAS W - Republican Party
September 22, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,110.32

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $1,820.47

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 23, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - acpa annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
September 23, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - ACPA annual meeting
Total Cost - $4,900.28

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Meeting to discuss outlook for agricultural and environmental legislation
Total Cost - $1,142.30

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,620.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 26, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,969.51

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - annual meeting w/ Brd. Of Directors
Total Cost - $1,638.65

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
September 4, 2004 - September 6, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking and briefing
Total Cost - $1,679.76

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 24, 2004 - September 28, 2004 (5 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $2,598.33

NEUGEBAUER, RANDY - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review/discuss agricultural & environmental issues impacting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,928.56

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
September 23, 2005 - September 26, 2005 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Review agricultural and environmental issues affecting the crop protection industry
Total Cost - $1,966.12

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.