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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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Americans United to Protect Social Security - $6,288.48 spent on 9 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
March 24, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (1 days)
Rochester, MN
Purpose - Discuss Social Security
Total Cost - $889.81

NEAL, RICHARD E - Democratic Party
April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Cleveland, OH - Hartford, OH
Purpose - To speak to group regarding Social Security Reform
Total Cost - $469.00

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Total Cost - $250.00

LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
May 16, 2005 - May 16, 2005 (1 days)
Erie, PA
Purpose - Invited to attend Town Hall
Total Cost - $313.30

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (2 days)
Albuquerque, NM
Purpose - Congressman participated in Town Hall meeting on Social Security reform
Total Cost - $606.55

BERRY, MARION - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (4 days)
Dayton, OH - New Albany, IN
Purpose - Roundtable discussions about Social Security
Total Cost - $1,546.19

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Dayton, OH
Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Total Cost - $872.97

ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
June 19, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (2 days)
Louisville, KY
Purpose - Town hall to discuss importance of Social Security to rural Americans
Total Cost - $468.29

MICHAUD, MICHAEL H - Democratic Party
June 17, 2005 - June 18, 2005 (2 days)
Dayton, OH
Purpose - Speaker at town hall meeting on the importance of Social Security to rural states
Total Cost - $872.37

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.