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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.

Back to all reports

American Bankers Association - $52,659.28 spent on 26 trips
45.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
54.2% spent on Republican Party

BARR, BOB - Republican Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
NC
Purpose - Speech
Total Cost - $784.50

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (5 days)
Napa, CA
Purpose - Spoke to GBA annual conference
Total Cost - $3,077.36

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - address ABA legislative conference
Total Cost - $570.31

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 22, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (3 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Speech at Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,787.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
July 27, 2002 - July 29, 2002 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - to speak to participants at the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $8,245.00

GORDON, BARTON JENNINGS - Democratic Party
June 9, 2000 - June 13, 2000 (5 days)
Bermuda
Purpose - speaker-annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,762.96

HOOLEY, DARLENE - Democratic Party
February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Legislative Liaison Advisory Committee Winter Conference
Total Cost - $1,897.08

LUCAS, FRANK D - Republican Party
November 13, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (1 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - Speak at American Bankers Association National Agricultural Bankers Conference
Total Cost - $1,295.50

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - To deliver a speech to the convention
Total Cost - $1,184.45

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - speech at conference
Total Cost - $2,015.00

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $3,621.34

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
March 21, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (2 days)
San Antonio, TX
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,048.11

TOOMEY, PATRICK - Republican Party
February 15, 2001 - February 16, 2001 (2 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - speak at Legislative liaison advisory committee.
Total Cost - $1,309.53

HAGEL, CHARLES T - Republican Party
July 19, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (2 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - speak at American Bankers Association annual meeting
Total Cost - $3,668.00

MURKOWSKI, FRANK - Republican Party
July 14, 2000 - July 16, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - speech at annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,690.45

REED, JACK - Democratic Party
February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - speech at the annual winter conference
Total Cost - $1,977.00

BUNNING, JIM - Republican Party
September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Sea Island, GA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,791.80

ENZI, MICHAEL B - Republican Party
February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Coral Gables, FL
Purpose - Convention speaker
Total Cost - $5,935.00

PRYOR, MARK LUNSFORD - Democratic Party
August 8, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (1 days)
Branson, MO
Purpose - Speech at annual convention
Total Cost - $823.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speech for 2005 Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $1,187.80

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 11, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (1 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speak to their Legislative Liaison Advisory Conference
Total Cost - $950.29

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
July 10, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech to the ABA's summer meeting
Total Cost - $1,000.01

FORD, HAROLD E JR - Democratic Party
October 26, 2004 - October 27, 2004 (2 days)
Nashville, TN
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $339.60

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $834.01

CRAPO, MICHAEL D - Republican Party
June 6, 2004 - June 8, 2004 (3 days)
Tampa, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost -

HENSARLING, JEB MR. - Republican Party
August 16, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (3 days)
Colorado Springs, CO
Purpose - Guest speaker at annual conference
Total Cost - $2,864.18

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.