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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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CSX Challenge - $55,969.52 spent on 30 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participate in Congressional Panel
Total Cost - $2,432.74

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participated in congressional panel - CSX Challenge, business and congressional panel annual meeting.
Total Cost - $3,158.95

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - remarks, congressional panel for the CSX challenge (annual meeting)
Total Cost - $3,294.40

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Remarks on Congressional panel for CSX board members at CSX Corporation Board meeting
Total Cost - $1,689.80

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,615.70

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speak at conference
Total Cost - $1,066.36

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 27, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in panel discussion
Total Cost - $405.80

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX business challenge
Total Cost - $617.60

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - participate in CSX Challenge Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,040.30

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in a panel on The Fall Legislative Agenda
Total Cost - $912.66

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 27, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - CSX business panel - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $323.65

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,615.00

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address the CSX Challenge Conference
Total Cost - $2,645.58

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2000 - September 5, 2000 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in Congressional Panel Discussion titled, "Fall Legislative Agenda and how it affects the November elections."
Total Cost - $1,244.44

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Lewisburg, WV
Purpose - participated as a member of congressional panel for a discussion of critical public policy issues
Total Cost - $2,523.09

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Panel Discussion
Total Cost - $1,077.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 23, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - gave speech to panel "what are the legislative priorities for the balance of the year and the likelihood of accomplishing these priorities"
Total Cost - $2,284.37

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to participate in panel discussion regarding the priorities of the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $3,625.36

COCHRAN, THAD - Republican Party
October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Co-sponsor(s): BP, Business Government Relations Council
Purpose - To address Business-Government Relations Council annual meeting
Total Cost - $974.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - to address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,660.44

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To address CSX's annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,647.00

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 24, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $723.54

NICKLES, DONALD LEE - Republican Party
May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Legislative conference
Total Cost - $3,010.47

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
May 25, 2002 - May 28, 2002 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speaking engagement as part of
Total Cost - $1,247.00

NELSON, BILL - Democratic Party
May 28, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional panel participant
Total Cost - $3,072.47

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 31, 2005 (5 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Seminar with congressional leaders, covering a wide range of legislative issues, including tax reform, transportation and energy policy
Total Cost - $1,869.22

RAHALL, NICK J II - Democratic Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Speech - CSX Business Challenge Session
Total Cost - $1,342.94

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Participation in panel discussions
Total Cost - $2,080.57

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To participate in congressional panel discussions on the rail industry and proposed legislative activity
Total Cost - $2,484.70

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.