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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

International Brotherhood of Teamsters - $24,690.40 spent on 11 trips
76.4% spent on Democratic Party
23.6% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 18, 2000 (2 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,100.00

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
November 14, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (4 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of NAFTA on its 10th anniversary
Total Cost - $2,284.52

GRIJALVA, RAUL M MR. - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Purpose - Study the effect of NAFTA and other international trade agreements on the US - Mexico border
Total Cost - $1,522.66

KAPTUR, MARCY - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Mexico
Purpose - To study effects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $3,125.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $478.00

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Total Cost - $5,822.57

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV - El Paso, TX - Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - NAFTA tour
Total Cost - $3,819.00

STRICKLAND, TED - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Mexico City, Mexico
Purpose - To learn more about the affects of NAFTA
Total Cost - $2,762.28

DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW - Democratic Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - keynote address
Total Cost - $1,839.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Purpose - To monitor the status of the Soto murder investigation
Total Cost - $1,060.02

MILLER, GEORGE - Democratic Party
March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Featured speaker at Teamsters' annual meeting re Social Security & Multi-Employer Benefit Plans
Total Cost - $877.35

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.