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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.

Back to all reports

Pfizer - $27,627.47 spent on 11 trips
97.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
2.1% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 30, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (5 days)
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico
Purpose - Caribbean summit meeting on HIV/AIDS
Total Cost - $2,532.39

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speaker for Pfizer corporate planning meeting
Total Cost - $1,886.30

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
February 8, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (3 days)
Los Angeles, CA - Miami, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,310.15

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY - Groton, CT
Purpose - To meet with Pfizer Executives and tour the Pfizer Global Research & Development Center
Total Cost - $5,233.54

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - speaking to group of Pfizer executives - public policy
Total Cost - $1,929.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 28, 2002 - September 1, 2002 (5 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speak to senior executives
Total Cost - $3,433.72

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
August 31, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meet with Pfizer executives
Total Cost - $764.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 6, 2004 - February 8, 2004 (3 days)
Wellington, FL
Purpose - To discuss the Medical Centers goals and concerns regarding Senate's new health care incentives
Total Cost - $1,515.00

HATCH, ORRIN GRANT - Republican Party
October 17, 2002 - October 18, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Pfizer Medical Futures Forum - Speech
Total Cost - $569.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 2, 2004 - September 5, 2004 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - To address Senior Executives of Pfizer at their monthly board meeting - Attended luncheon and dinner meetings.
Total Cost - $1,717.71

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.