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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.

Back to all reports

Assn of Trial Lawyers of America - $28,735.74 spent on 19 trips
92.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
8.0% spent on Republican Party

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
July 18, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,051.29

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Total Cost - $607.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Total Cost - $801.50

PELOSI, NANCY - Democratic Party
February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,844.25

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 10, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA - New Orleans, LA
Purpose - speech to ATLA's mid-winter convention
Total Cost - $3,109.75

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
February 13, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (3 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Speech to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Winter Conference
Total Cost - $3,830.02

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
July 31, 2000 - August 3, 2000 (4 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $1,278.70

DODD, CHRISTOPHER J - Democratic Party
February 23, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (2 days)
Amelia Island, FL
Purpose - Keynote address at Annual Conference.
Total Cost -

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
August 4, 2000 - August 4, 2000 (1 days)
Hilton Head, SC
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $250.00

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - speech
Total Cost - $1,589.61

JOHNSON, TIM - Democratic Party
July 13, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (4 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - To speak at the annual convention of the Association of Trial Lawyers
Total Cost - $3,400.00

LEAHY, PATRICK - Democratic Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - speech to the association
Total Cost - $2,021.15

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Lansing, MI
Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Total Cost - $783.60

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Montreal, Canada
Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $3,757.50

EDWARDS, JOHN R - Democratic Party
July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Total Cost - $654.00

GRAHAM, LINDSEY OLIN - Republican Party
January 30, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (1 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker, American Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Winter Convention
Total Cost - $260.00

STABENOW, DEBBIE - Democratic Party
January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
La Quinta, CA
Purpose - Speaking
Total Cost - $1,190.88

DURBIN, RICHARD J - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Total Cost - $839.73

DAVIS, ARTUR GENESTRE - Democratic Party
July 23, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (2 days)
Toronto, Canada
Purpose - Luncheon speaker for ATLA annual convention
Total Cost - $466.76

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.