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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.

Back to all reports

Community Financial Services Association - $25,109.59 spent on 12 trips
91.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
8.1% spent on Republican Party

BOSWELL, LEONARD L - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - Community Financial Services Association Deferred Deposit forum
Total Cost - $4,150.00

BROWN-WAITE, VIRGINIA - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 1, 2003 (2 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - Education on financial services in America
Total Cost - $1,867.47

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - To participate in a congressional briefing at dinner
Total Cost - $175.37

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
June 24, 2003 - June 27, 2003 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Advance America, CNG Financial Inc, Jones Management LLC, Cash America Inc, Softwise Inc
Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Total Cost - $5,544.00

PETERSON, COLLIN CLARK - Democratic Party
August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Advance America
Purpose - Forum on Deferred Deposit Industry
Total Cost - $2,584.00

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Total Cost - $2,118.00

TANNER, JOHN S - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry
Total Cost - $4,964.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
September 10, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues
Total Cost - $1,488.75

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
June 27, 2003 - June 29, 2003 (3 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Forum on payday advance industry issues CFSA Deferred Deposit Forum
Total Cost - $2,218.00

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.