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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.

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  • 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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Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha Torah - $66,829.22 spent on 8 trips
32.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
67.7% spent on Republican Party

MCHUGH, JOHN M - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (7 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - to participate in a defense aerospace homeland security mission and conference
Total Cost - $9,025.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): IDT Corporation
Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Total Cost - $13,183.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To participate in the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission and speak at the Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Conference
Total Cost - $8,725.00

SMITH, GORDON HAROLD - Republican Party
August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Santa Barbara, CA
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,160.22

NELSON, E BENJAMIN - Democratic Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Jerusalem, Israel
Purpose - To receive the Friend of Zion Award
Total Cost - $12,850.00

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
August 10, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (1 days)
Orange County, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,236.00

REID, HARRY - Democratic Party
August 19, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (8 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Fact-finding trip.
Total Cost -

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Israel - Jordan
Purpose - To strengthen international understanding while practicing strategic partnerships & joint ventures. Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission of Peace
Total Cost - $19,650.00

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.