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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.

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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

Annenberg Foundation Trust - $14,810.07 spent on 8 trips
47.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.5% spent on Republican Party

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California delegation issues
Total Cost - $3,600.29

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - Bipartisan legislative planning session
Total Cost - $1,400.92

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Public Governance Institute
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,894.96

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Public Governance Institute
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,065.46

MILLENDER-MCDONALD, JUANITA - Democratic Party
December 6, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (2 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - to meet with the CA delegation and discuss ways the federal government can improve CA's future. It was an opportunity to meet with policy experts from around the state.
Total Cost - $1,046.44

SABO, MARTIN OLAV - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $994.00

KING, PETER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Homeland Security Committee retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

DENT, CHARLES W - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Homeland Security Retreat. Purpose is to engage in a bipartisan dialog addressing the upcoming challenges and opportunities facing the committee
Total Cost - $404.00

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.