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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

  • 09.11.14

    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.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.

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Department of Energy - $9,188.53 spent on 9 trips
71.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
28.8% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Panel participant at Dept. of Energy's Diversity Training Seminar
Total Cost - $737.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
November 13, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (4 days)
West Point, NY
Purpose - To be a guest speaker for a political science class of cadets
Total Cost - $583.22

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
May 25, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (6 days)
HI
Purpose - Fact-finding tour of housing facilities
Total Cost - $1,761.66

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 20, 2001 - November 26, 2001 (7 days)
Germany - Italy - Kosovo - Ireland
Purpose - Congressional fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $1,309.85

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
August 23, 2000 - August 23, 2000 (1 days)
Huntsville, AL
Co-sponsor(s): National Defense Industry Association, Army Space & Missile Defense Assoc, Air Defense Artillery Association
Purpose - speech to space and missile defense conference
Total Cost - $1,700.00

CARPER, THOMAS R - Democratic Party
January 9, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (1 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - examine Yucca Mountains. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Total Cost - $246.50

MILLER, ZELL BRYAN - Democratic Party
June 3, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (5 days)
Normandy, France
Co-sponsor(s): Codel Warner
Purpose - visit WWII site
Total Cost - $1,902.60

CRAIG, LARRY E - Republican Party
July 23, 2004 - July 24, 2004 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - To participate in the Air Force Academy's Board of Visitors meeting
Total Cost - $947.70

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.
  • 09.04.14

    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

    Colleges and universities are accepting many more students of color, many more students from working class and poor families, and many more people who are sometimes referred to as "nontraditional" students.