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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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Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc. - $51,063.43 spent on 10 trips
81.5% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
18.5% spent on Republican Party

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
London, England - Israel
Purpose - Participate in meetings with elected and community leaders
Total Cost - $7,441.20

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Israel
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,596.90

NADLER, JERROLD LEWIS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (5 days)
Israel
Co-sponsor(s): United Jewish Appeal
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $3,320.00

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $4,510.90

MIKULSKI, BARBARA - Democratic Party
February 8, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To give a speech
Total Cost - $337.54

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM - Democratic Party
February 22, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (3 days)
Israel
Purpose - fact-finding travel
Total Cost - $3,392.89

SCHUMER, CHARLES E - Democratic Party
July 7, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (4 days)
Israel
Purpose - Meetings with Israeli leaders
Total Cost - $12,198.00

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
January 9, 2005 - January 18, 2005 (10 days)
Israel
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $5,810.40

KLINE, JOHN P - Republican Party
January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Purpose - Meetings with foreign leaders, fact-finding missions
Total Cost - $4,727.80

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Israel
Purpose - Fact finding - learning viable information regarding homeland security, international relations, US - Israel relations
Total Cost - $4,727.80

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.