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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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Center for Latin American Studies Univ of California at Berkeley - $28,427.18 spent on 16 trips
90.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.1% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $356.50

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Total Cost - $787.75

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,725.92

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Total Cost - $1,594.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Commencement address
Total Cost - $288.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Total Cost - $750.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,507.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,787.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Panetta Institute
Purpose - To be part of student program
Total Cost - $8,099.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,633.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - To participate in the US-Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $904.34

CANNON, CHRISTOPHER B - Republican Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - US-Mexico Futures Forum meeting. The Futures Forum is an unique network of leading political and social actors, who think about the issues facing bother countries
Total Cost - $1,844.54

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $2,414.36

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,792.98

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at a public forum on Haiti, attended by faculty, students and community members
Total Cost - $378.00

LIPINSKI, DANIEL WILLIAM - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - US Senate Conference: fact-finding conference
Total Cost - $564.45

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.