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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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  • 09.11.14

    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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Korea-US Exchange Council - $240,095.29 spent on 15 trips
32.2% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
67.8% spent on Republican Party

CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
November 28, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (6 days)
Seoul, South Korea
Purpose - Familiarization trip to Korea, DMZ
Total Cost - $18,832.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 26, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (3 days)
South Korea
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $27,640.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
South Korea
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $28,000.00

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $25,483.86

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (4 days)
South Korea
Purpose - mark 50th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement on the Korean peninsula. Will meet with senior official re Korea/United States relations. Visit American Troops at DMZ
Total Cost - $22,098.84

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,743.55

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - Fact-finding visit
Total Cost - $6,870.00

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Seoul, South Korea
Purpose - Familiarization with Korea
Total Cost -

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (4 days)
Seoul, South Korea
Purpose - Familiarization trip to Korea, DMZ
Total Cost - $9,340.60

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Hong Kong - Taiwan - South Korea
Co-sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose - increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Total Cost - $11,838.30

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea
Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Total Cost - $27,960.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
February 19, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (5 days)
Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purpose - Educational/Fact Finding
Total Cost - $14,000.74

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
May 12, 2004 - May 13, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Build relationship with newly elected President of the Republic of Korea
Total Cost - $1,450.50

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (11 days)
Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Co-sponsor(s): US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Purpose - S.Korea: Meet w/Admin reps, Members of Parliament, Natl Security Advisor, & US Business to discuss US troop presence in Korea/N. Korea nuclear proliferation Malaysia:meet w/Prime Minister & other officials to learn more of the US business & counter-terror
Total Cost - $27,757.98

POMEROY, EARL RALPH - Democratic Party
February 18, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (8 days)
South Korea
Purpose - This trip designed to strength the bilateral relationship between the US and the Republic of Korea as long-time allies and key trading partners. The complete list of meetings held is attached.
Total Cost - $7,078.92

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.