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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

Invest to Compete Alliance - $30,495.03 spent on 17 trips
49.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
50.7% spent on Republican Party

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Meeting - leadership seminar
Total Cost - $1,013.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Congressional leadership educational speaker
Total Cost - $2,100.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Workshop/Congressional Education Seminar
Total Cost - $1,650.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 4, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (5 days)
Boston, MA
Purpose - Conference/seminar
Total Cost - $1,824.00

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
July 5, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (4 days)
Newport, RI
Purpose - congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,970.35

MALONEY, JAMES H - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Total Cost - $2,127.00

MOAKLEY, JOE - Democratic Party
July 5, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (3 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - education seminar
Total Cost - $1,250.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,575.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 4, 2001 - July 7, 2001 (4 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Educational issues seminar
Total Cost - $1,671.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 4, 2003 - July 6, 2003 (3 days)
Newport, RI
Purpose - Legislative seminar
Total Cost - $1,090.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
July 6, 2000 - July 9, 2000 (4 days)
Hyannis, MA
Purpose - Congressional educational seminar
Total Cost - $3,246.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Participate in ITCA's winter Congressional Leadership Seminar at PGA National Resort and Spa
Total Cost - $3,844.00

SMITH, ROBERT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - participate in a congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $2,049.50

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
July 3, 2004 - July 5, 2004 (3 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - To attend "Invest to Compete Alliance" conference
Total Cost - $2,635.18

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 13, 2002 - December 16, 2002 (4 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - Invest to Compete Alliance Congressional Leadership Educational Seminar
Total Cost -

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
June 30, 2004 - July 3, 2004 (4 days)
Cape Cod, MA
Purpose - Congressional leadership educational seminar
Total Cost - $1,470.00

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
July 1, 2005 - July 3, 2005 (3 days)
Chatham, MA
Purpose - Legislative seminar / Bipartisan educational leadership seminar
Total Cost - $980.00

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.