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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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Transatlantic Policy Network in Kinclaven, Scotland - $193,928.91 spent on 35 trips
47.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.1% spent on Republican Party

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
April 27, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (4 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Speech and participation in conference on current Internet policy issues in Congress
Total Cost - $1,660.00

BOUCHER, FREDRICK C - Democratic Party
November 30, 2000 - December 3, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Purpose - Speech at parliamentary conference on creation of an international Internet issues agenda
Total Cost - $1,200.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 6, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (5 days)
Malaga, Spain
Purpose - Annual spring meeting - participated in sessions
Total Cost - $8,164.00

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
May 3, 2002 - May 5, 2002 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - annual meeting, participate in meetings
Total Cost - $612.50

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
May 2, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (4 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Annual meeting (participates in meetings)
Total Cost - $612.50

DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Germany
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - Speaking engagement - discussions of transatlantic policy issues
Total Cost - $13,238.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 21, 2003 (10 days)
Sotogrande, Spain - Seville, Spain
Purpose - Transatlantic Policy Network Spring Meeting - panel participant
Total Cost - $5,769.62

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Sotogrande, Spain
Purpose - Participate in conference
Total Cost - $3,186.90

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - TPN winter meeting and CELI study visit
Total Cost - $5,592.25

MORAN, JAMES P JR - Democratic Party
April 6, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (6 days)
Spain
Purpose - annual spring meeting to discuss trade, security and internet issues and US - EU partnership in current administration
Total Cost - $4,299.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 6, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (6 days)
Malaga, Spain
Purpose - Interparliamentary exchange
Total Cost - $7,096.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 17, 2003 - August 23, 2003 (7 days)
London, England - Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference, international exchange
Total Cost - $3,436.00

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Spain
Purpose - mid-year meeting
Total Cost - $3,954.18

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Tucson, AZ
Purpose - Participate in mid-year assessment
Total Cost - $1,890.00

SAWYER, THOMAS - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (5 days)
Sotogrande, Spain
Purpose - mid-year assessment
Total Cost - $8,262.60

SHAW, CLAY - Republican Party
April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Paris, France - Malaga, Spain
Purpose - discuss transatlantic relations and promote transatlantic partner through member (of Congress) to Member (of European parliament) dialogue.
Total Cost -

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
April 6, 2001 - April 12, 2001 (7 days)
Spain
Purpose - speech and participate in conference
Total Cost - $4,298.00

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
May 3, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (1 days)
Tuscon, AZ
Purpose - To participate in a transatlantic Policy Network Conference
Total Cost - $592.50

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
April 13, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (3 days)
Spain
Purpose - TPN Spring meeting
Total Cost - $3,944.18

ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Venice, Italy
Co-sponsor(s): Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Total Cost - $1,230.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Total Cost - $4,595.00

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
December 1, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Transatlantic Conference/International Exchange
Total Cost - $11,769.17

CARDOZA, DENNIS - Democratic Party
November 29, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - To assess progress made on the 10-Point, 10-Year action plan in the TPN's "Strategy to Strengthen Transatlantic Partnership" and to set TPN's work priorities.
Total Cost - $13,265.13

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (7 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - TPN meetings involve direct discussions between Members of Congress and Members of the European Parliament on topics including intellectual property, WTO, elections, foreign affairs, energy, environmental issues, security issues & economics
Total Cost - $16,509.52

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Remarks/Panel with Members of Congress at the TPN meeting/conference
Total Cost - $12,597.77

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
August 16, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic conference /international exchange
Total Cost - $4,595.00

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
May 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Spoke at TPN's spring meeting - discussion on strengthening partnership between the United States and the European Union
Total Cost - $1,864.38

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
May 14, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (3 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Senator Bennett is the Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker
Total Cost - $2,660.00

KOLBE, JIM - Republican Party
May 13, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (4 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - Participation in conference with European legislators
Total Cost - $2,088.37

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
May 15, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (2 days)
Salt Lake City, UT
Purpose - TPN spring meeting - Task Force development session Congressman English is a co-chair of the Completing the Transatlantic Market
Total Cost - $1,567.09

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
November 30, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (6 days)
Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Meetings with members of the EU Parliament Exchange of ideas and economic summit with EU leaders
Total Cost - $16,396.97

INSLEE, JAY R - Democratic Party
November 28, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (8 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Paris, France
Purpose - Fact finding on trade relations with EU
Total Cost - $11,836.42

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
December 1, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (5 days)
Brussels, Belgium - Paris, France
Purpose - TPN Congressional visit to Paris & TPN Autumn Meeting in Brussels - Strategy to strengthen the Transatlantic Partnership & guest speaker at CIR -EPC (Center for international Relations) Seminar "The Use of Force-European & American Perspectives"
Total Cost - $2,369.17

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
November 28, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (7 days)
London, England - Paris, France - Brussels, Belgium
Purpose - Senator Bennett is a Chairman of this organization, so he attended, participated, and spoke as the keynote speaker in a series of events
Total Cost - $8,276.26

OXLEY, MICHAEL G - Republican Party
August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Purpose - Transatlantic meeting / international exchange
Total Cost - $4,500.43

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.