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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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Wine Institute - $27,152.04 spent on 5 trips
42.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
58.0% spent on Republican Party

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Napa Valley, CA
Purpose - Educational tour of Napa Valley
Total Cost - $5,609.14

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Napa Valley, CA
Purpose - educational update of California Wine Industry
Total Cost - $6,901.54

STEARNS, CLIFFORD B - Republican Party
October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Napa Valley, CA
Purpose - To investigate regulatory issues pertaining to the wine industry, including shipment, international trade, the Market Access Program, and the Endangered Species Act.
Total Cost - $7,000.54

THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Napa, CA
Purpose - Congressional Wine Caucus Educational tour of the Napa Valley
Total Cost - $5,791.90

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
July 9, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (3 days)
Sonoma, CA
Purpose - To conduct a fact-finding program on issues of importance to the wine industry
Total Cost - $1,848.92

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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.

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