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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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Inter-American Economic Council - $123,365.29 spent on 27 trips
63.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
36.4% spent on Republican Party

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Meeting with government and business leaders to discuss the economic conditions of the region; to discuss ongoing trade initiatives in the region
Total Cost - $8,123.52

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,554.41

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean Trade Ministerial
Total Cost - $633.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - participated in the business roundtables during the inter-American economic council's 2004 congressional delegation
Total Cost - $8,233.50

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - meet with U.S., and Antigua and Barbados government officials about tourism and financial services industries
Total Cost - $2,831.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - economic development business conference
Total Cost - $1,988.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean trade ministerial/cong. Caribbean caucus
Total Cost - $795.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,102.50

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Total Cost - $3,916.41

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Total Cost - $6,263.67

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $3,159.43

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in business roundtables for Congressional delegation
Total Cost - $5,043.33

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting Of The Caribbean Trade Ministers
Total Cost - $1,166.70

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Meetings with Heads of Government; Heads of State & business leaders to discuss relations between US and Caribbean Nations
Total Cost - $5,043.33

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participated in the Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Cong. Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - To attend a Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua for business roundtables.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Business roundtables 2005 Congressional Delegation
Total Cost - $8,161.97

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sunny Isles, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with the XXXV Regular Session of the OAS
Total Cost - $1,060.98

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic IV annual business & investment roundtable
Total Cost - $1,118.72

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participated in Inter-American Economic Council IV Annual Business & Investment roundtable session
Total Cost - $884.91

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with XXXV regular session of the OAS general assembly
Total Cost - $1,112.09

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Inter American Economic Council IV annual and investment council
Total Cost - $1,274.29

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.