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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.

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NEI - $313,087.78 spent on 24 trips
35.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
64.8% spent on Republican Party

BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM - Republican Party
August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Las Vegas, NV
Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $3,774.09

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Avignon, France
Purpose - Tour European nuclear technologies sites - fact finding.
Total Cost - $18,564.20

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
June 28, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding trip and tour of European nuclear technology sites
Total Cost - $16,813.30

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Marseilles, France - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $18,413.80

BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $16,907.30

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Total Cost - $15,769.20

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France
Purpose - Fact finding tour
Total Cost - $14,708.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 4, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (5 days)
Rome, Italy - London, England
Purpose - To tour energy facilities and ministries in Italy
Total Cost - $10,893.16

DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Spain
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $18,006.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Barcelona, Spain
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Spanish nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $14,624.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (6 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $10,638.00

KIRK, MARK STEVEN - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Total Cost - $360.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
April 14, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (8 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to European nuclear technologies site
Total Cost - $15,002.40

LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Rome, Italy
Purpose - To meet with Energy Ministry, discuss post-Chernobyl nuclear policies, economic consequences of decreased nuclear generation in Italy. Toured geothermal facilities and discussed construction methods, new technologies and safety.
Total Cost - $18,053.14

MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (7 days)
Marseilles, France
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $19,164.20

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (6 days)
Paris, France - Normandy, France
Purpose - Meet French senators and congressmen about nuclear energy issues and visit nuclear facilities
Total Cost - $19,685.00

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Avignon, France - Paris, France
Purpose - visit: Vandello I & II & ERODIF Enrichment Facility
Total Cost - $19,872.00

QUINN, JACK - Republican Party
April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Paris, France - Cherbourg, France
Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Total Cost - $16,131.40

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
November 11, 2001 - November 13, 2001 (3 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - fact finding program to Yucca Mountain, NV
Total Cost - $1,255.70

SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,707.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV
Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Total Cost - $1,629.40

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (7 days)
Italy
Purpose - Fact finding trip to the Ansaldo-Camozzi Nuclear and special Components Facility in Italy.
Total Cost - $18,911.81

TOWNS, EDOLPHUS - Democratic Party
May 14, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (1 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Participate in program
Total Cost - $2,426.20

STUPAK, BART - Democratic Party
May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France
Purpose - Tour of Spanish and French nuclear facilities and discussions with industry officials
Total Cost - $19,778.48

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.