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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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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - $85,629.14 spent on 22 trips
44.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
55.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,778.23

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Fort Worth, TX
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,516.75

BORSKI, ROBERT A - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.00

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA
Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $1,570.83

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $5,412.14

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM
Purpose - fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,734.60

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Total Cost - $3,735.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Total Cost - $2,704.00

HOLDEN, TIM - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Total Cost - $6,150.56

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,132.36

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,550.64

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $6,673.98

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - fact finding and conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,113.21

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - BNSF Fact-finding Trip
Total Cost - $8,106.08

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solana Beach, CA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,596.45

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Moran, WY
Purpose - to inspect Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad operations
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Total Cost - $3,878.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $631.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA - Whitefish, MT
Purpose - Fact finding trip to see inter-modal facilities in Seattle and meet with port officials; to see a train remote control yard along the main line
Total Cost - $4,423.85

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional fact finding train trip
Total Cost - $4,411.60

LEWIS, JERRY - Republican Party
August 17, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA - San Bernardino, CA
Purpose - Helicopter tour of rail and port facilities
Total Cost - $3,955.22

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.