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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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Washington Office on Latin America - $19,547.62 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - fact-finding trip to evaluate the impact of the US Embargo on the people of Cuba
Total Cost - $2,411.62

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (6 days)
Cuba
Purpose - Fact-finding. To facilitate education and cultural exchanges between Massachusetts universities and Cuban counterparts
Total Cost - $2,150.00

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact finding delegation
Total Cost - $1,930.76

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - Fact-finding delegation
Total Cost - $2,656.48

MCGOVERN, JAMES P - Democratic Party
February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact-finding delegation to Colombia
Total Cost - $2,145.88

MCNULTY, MICHAEL R - Democratic Party
February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Educational fact-finding trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,806.17

MOAKLEY, JOE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (5 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - creating dialogue and exchanges between education leaders Massachusetts and Cuba
Total Cost - $1,792.00

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
February 16, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (7 days)
Colombia
Purpose - fact finding delegation to Colombia
Total Cost - $1,930.76

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
October 10, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (4 days)
El Paso, TX
Purpose - Fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $1,280.38

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Co-sponsor(s): Latin American Working Group
Purpose - Fact finding mission regarding Ciudad Juarez murders
Total Cost - $1,443.57

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.