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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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  • 09.17.14

    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.

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.

Back to all reports

American Shipbuilding Assn - $30,815.20 spent on 19 trips
46.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
53.4% spent on Republican Party

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Total Cost - $1,527.12

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Navy shipbuilding workshop
Total Cost - $715.60

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (5 days)
Fort Myers, FL - Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association's Congressional/Industry workshop for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,102.65

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participant in the American Shipbuilding Association's congressional/industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,777.03

ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,611.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,562.82

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Association Congressional Workshop - policy discussions with shipbuilding representatives and other members of Congress
Total Cost - $1,309.22

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 2, 2002 - December 3, 2002 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Participate in a congressional/industry workshop with leaders of the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,410.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To discuss policy and legislation regarding the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $2,355.00

LOTT, TRENT - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional/Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,850.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,310.09

TAYLOR, GENE - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Workshop for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $1,348.82

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Total Cost - $2,828.71

FORBES, J RANDY - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (7 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - American Shipbuilding Assn's Congressional Workshop to provide a forum for Members of Congress & leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share ideas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services & the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,724.27

ALLEN, THOMAS H - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,469.37

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Congressional Workshop
Total Cost - $1,441.14

DAVIS, JO ANN S - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Education - Naval Shipbuilding Association
Total Cost - $907.97

HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Fort Myers, FL
Purpose - Congressional / Industry workshop
Total Cost - $1,851.84

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Total Cost - $1,712.55

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.