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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

Back to all reports

Dairy Farmers of America - $25,221.70 spent on 11 trips
51.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
48.7% spent on Republican Party

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Total Cost - $881.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

BOYD, F ALLEN JR - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
MN - SD
Purpose - Fact finding/agricultural education
Total Cost - $2,337.40

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Speak to Dairy Farmers Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $1,712.69

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - informative/agricultural education/CRP update
Total Cost - $6,008.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Pollack, MS
Purpose - information - agriculture - CRP update
Total Cost - $3,881.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Mobridge, SD
Purpose - Remarks at Dairy Farmers of America conservation Reserve Program annual Review Breakfast
Total Cost - $1,415.22

SHERWOOD, DONALD L - Republican Party
October 20, 2004 - October 21, 2004 (2 days)
Portales, NM - Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Tour of DariConcepts MPC Plant and DFA Member Dairy Farms in Portales, New Mexico and DFA Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri
Total Cost - $3,960.00

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
October 15, 2004 - October 16, 2004 (2 days)
MN
Purpose - Informative/agriculture/CRP update
Total Cost - $724.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
August 20, 2004 - August 20, 2004 (1 days)
Portales, NM
Purpose - Tour of DFA Milk Protein Concentrate plant, Meeting with dairy farmers and tour of dairy farm
Total Cost - $1,190.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
March 21, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (3 days)
Kansas City, MO
Purpose - Dairy Farmers of America Annual Banquet
Total Cost - $1,399.70

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.