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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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Coca Cola Enterprises Inc - $36,242.15 spent on 11 trips
79.8% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
20.2% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
September 7, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (4 days)
Kingsland, GA
Co-sponsor(s): MeadWestvaco Corp.
Purpose - Speaking on public affairs to both companies
Total Cost - $1,440.00

BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
September 15, 2002 - September 17, 2002 (3 days)
Not specified
Co-sponsor(s): MeadWestvaco Corp.
Purpose - remarks at the congressional panel
Total Cost - $1,650.75

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
September 24, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (2 days)
Jacksonville, FL
Co-sponsor(s): MeadWestvaco Corp.
Purpose - Speaking to Annual Govt. Affairs/Public Affairs Meeting
Total Cost - $2,800.00

CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
September 7, 2001 - September 8, 2001 (2 days)
Kingsland, GA
Co-sponsor(s): MeadWestvaco Corp.
Purpose - Speaking to Public Affairs meeting of both companies.
Total Cost - $1,440.00

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador
Co-sponsor(s): CitiGroup, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Total Cost - $8,810.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music, Altria, CNN - Late Edition, Pfizer, Inc., Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Puerto Rico Telephone
Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Total Cost - $5,736.66

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
June 9, 2000 - June 10, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Speech to the French-American Business Council's Annual Meeting
Total Cost - $687.00

CLELAND, JOSEPH MAXWELL - Democratic Party
April 12, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (1 days)
Warm Springs, GA
Purpose - FDR anniversary ceremony, little White House - keynote speaker
Total Cost - $759.00

HOYER, STENY HAMILTON - Democratic Party
March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL
Co-sponsor(s): Faith and Politics Institute, Alabama Power Company, Delta Air Lines Inc, Daimler Chrysler, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Caterpillar Inc, Pew Charitable Trust, National Chamber Foundation, Microsoft
Purpose - Alabama Pilgrimage to celebrate 35th Anniversary of '65 Voting Rights Act March
Total Cost - $989.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Co-sponsor(s): iGATE Technologies, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline
Purpose - Participation in the Afro-Brazilian / African American Business Summit (panel discussion leader)
Total Cost - $11,630.74

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.