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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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Connell Group - $28,993.41 spent on 26 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
September 18, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaker at seminar
Total Cost - $579.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
May 20, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - participated in seminar
Total Cost - $469.50

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
July 21, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Participate in seminar
Total Cost - $316.00

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
May 5, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Speech to employees of The Connell Company
Total Cost - $430.00

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
July 17, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $479.50

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
May 1, 2000 - May 2, 2000 (2 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - luncheon seminar
Total Cost - $450.00

DINGELL, JOHN D - Democratic Party
April 17, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - To participate in seminar series
Total Cost - $83.00

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Not specified
Purpose - Legislative update to company employees.
Total Cost - $342.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
January 8, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,412.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
February 7, 2003 - February 7, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,528.50

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
March 2, 2004 - March 2, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Connell Company Seminar Series
Total Cost - $2,558.70

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Co-sponsor(s): American International Group
Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Total Cost - $513.34

KENNEDY, PATRICK J - Democratic Party
May 28, 2003 - May 28, 2003 (1 days)
NJ
Purpose - Legislative luncheon
Total Cost - $900.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
November 9, 2000 - November 9, 2000 (1 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $511.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
April 30, 2003 - April 30, 2003 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $563.50

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 23, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose -
Total Cost - $568.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
Westfield, NJ
Purpose - To speak about current legislative issues/addressing a group of executives at the Connell Company
Total Cost - $3,050.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 7, 2001 - September 9, 2001 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - address a group of Connell Group executives on a variety of political issues
Total Cost - $3,184.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Purpose - Participation in seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $1,677.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 5, 2003 - September 7, 2003 (3 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meeting with the president of the Connell Company
Total Cost - $2,516.44

DORGAN, BYRON L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Total Cost - $993.00

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - Speaking engagement for the Connell Company's seminar series on the 108th Congress
Total Cost - $570.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
September 10, 2004 - September 13, 2004 (4 days)
NJ
Purpose - Attended luncheon to address Senior Executives
Total Cost - $2,466.13

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 6, 2005 - May 6, 2005 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - To participate in a seminar entitled "The 109th Congress" and provide updated information on legislative activities in foreign trade, taxes, and the economy.
Total Cost - $831.60

HASTINGS, ALCEE L - Democratic Party
July 16, 2004 - July 17, 2004 (2 days)
Rahway, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MCNULTY, MICHAEL R - Democratic Party
April 27, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (1 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

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.