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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.

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  • 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

Carib News - $40,541.93 spent on 27 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Participate in conference with corporate executives, ministers of government etc to explore business and trade opportunities between the US and countries in the Caribbean region.
Total Cost - $1,350.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Bahamas - St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Purpose - Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,350.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Participant in annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,100.00

LEE, SHEILA JACKSON - Democratic Party
November 8, 2003 - November 10, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - 8th Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - CBC Caribbean Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,340.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Multi National Bus. Conf.
Total Cost - $2,460.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - business conference
Total Cost - $1,968.33

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,658.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Fact-finding; participation on panel
Total Cost - $1,350.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Caribbean business conference
Total Cost - $757.80

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,350.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - to participate in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-national business conference
Total Cost - $1,518.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Business conference
Total Cost - $1,160.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
October 18, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (4 days)
Grenada
Purpose - Meetings between Caribbean governments and Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $1,100.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
November 27, 2003 - December 1, 2003 (5 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
Total Cost - $1,050.00

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - participation in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-network business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
November 8, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (5 days)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Purpose - Speaker and congressional participant at the Carib News Fifth Annual Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,340.00

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - principal participant at New York Carib News eight annual multinational business conference
Total Cost - $1,050.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Nassau, Bahamas
Purpose - attend 8th annual Caribbean Multinational Business Conference
Total Cost - $2,100.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - 9th annual Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,315.00

RANGEL, CHARLES B - Democratic Party
November 3, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (5 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Participation in the Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,005.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Conference on Business, Travel and Social Issues
Total Cost - $2,010.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (6 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Keynote Speaker, Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Total Cost - $1,005.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - Bring together African American and Caribbean American business / civic leaders with Members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,005.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
St. Kitts and Nevis
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
November 10, 2005 - November 13, 2005 (4 days)
St Thomas, VI
Purpose - Served on panels discussing business and government relations with various business, government, and non profit entities of the Caribbean region
Total Cost - $4,049.00

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.