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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.

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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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U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program - $40,213.18 spent on 10 trips
39.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
60.4% spent on Republican Party

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
South Korea
Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Total Cost - $448.02

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange and meeting with Japanese Diet Members to discuss issues of concern to both nations
Total Cost - $1,394.42

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Economic Agenda, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, under a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Total Cost -

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - 26th US-Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $5,685.31

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange with Japanese Diet Members to discuss mutual national issues
Total Cost - $857.56

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Hong Kong - Tokyo, Japan
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange
Total Cost - $7,875.39

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Singapore - Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - legislative exchange program
Total Cost - $7,619.37

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $8,790.54

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Total Cost - $7,542.57

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.