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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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  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Confederation of Indian Industries - $245,412.64 spent on 21 trips
90.4% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.6% spent on Republican Party

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
India
Purpose - educational mission
Total Cost - $17,507.64

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact finding on US- India relations and bilateral trade
Total Cost - $8,706.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Total Cost - $16,873.28

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Bombay, India - New Delhi, India
Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Total Cost - $432.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Total Cost - $8,888.76

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
India
Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Total Cost - $8,010.86

GREENWOOD, JAMES C - Republican Party
March 24, 2000 - March 24, 2000 (1 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - At the request of Speak Hastert, I represented the Speaker on President Clinton's March 18-26 mission aboard Air Force One to Bangladesh and India. While in India, I attended meetings of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian parliamentarians
Total Cost - $1,850.00

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $15,955.08

HOLT, RUSH - Democratic Party
December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Bangalore, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Total Cost - $842.33

MAJETTE, DENISE L - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Joe Crowley to explore U.S. political, economic and defense ties to India, address Kashmir crisis, bilateral trade. Meetings with various ministers, including defense government officials and USAID project sites
Total Cost - $17,655.78

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - CODEL
Total Cost - $17,951.66

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - Cochin, India
Purpose - Confederation of Indian Industries Partnership Summit
Total Cost - $17,735.09

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Total Cost - $18,800.30

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
January 4, 2002 - January 13, 2002 (10 days)
India
Purpose - educational - speech
Total Cost - $15,916.12

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,221.68

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India
Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $8,690.08

CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
January 6, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (1 days)
New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $13,818.89

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
June 25, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (8 days)
New Delhi, India
Purpose - Fact Finding
Total Cost - $12,095.86

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (5 days)
Delhi, India - Agra, India
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $7,552.98

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (10 days)
India
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $9,637.99

ISRAEL, STEVE - Democratic Party
January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India
Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Total Cost - $20,270.26

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.