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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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PhRMA - $48,750.70 spent on 12 trips
82.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
17.7% spent on Republican Party

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
West Palm Beach, FL - St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Purpose - panelist: access to medicine
Total Cost - $1,914.95

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, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Total Cost - $8,810.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 2, 2001 - March 3, 2001 (2 days)
Atlanta, GA
Purpose - Speaker at the African-American State Legislators Conf.
Total Cost - $1,448.30

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., Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, 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

TAUZIN, WILBERT J II - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (4 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,234.69

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 29, 2001 - March 31, 2001 (3 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - keynote speaker to group of CEOs representing America's pharmaceutical companies
Total Cost - $4,606.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 22, 2002 - March 24, 2002 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - PhRMA annual meeting
Total Cost - $2,600.00

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - to address a group of CEO's representing America's pharmaceutical companies at PhRMA's annual meeting
Total Cost - $1,101.70

BREAUX, JOHN B - Democratic Party
April 1, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - To speak to Board members on key issues
Total Cost - $2,288.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
March 22, 2002 - March 22, 2002 (1 days)
West Palm Beach, FL
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $3,467.91

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
March 27, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (2 days)
Naples, FL
Purpose - Speaking engagement for PHRMA and pharmaceutical industry representatives.
Total Cost - $911.75

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Co-sponsor(s): iGATE Technologies, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc, 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.