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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.

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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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Alaska Coalition - $22,612.26 spent on 5 trips
78.3% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
21.7% spent on Republican Party

DEFAZIO, PETER A - Democratic Party
June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Total Cost - $4,902.08

CHAFEE, LINCOLN D - Republican Party
August 3, 2002 - August 8, 2002 (6 days)
Fairbanks, AK - Artic Village, AK - Artic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Prudhoe Bay, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - fact-finding trip on Artic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $4,905.15

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 27, 2004 - July 1, 2004 (5 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, energy, and wilderness issues
Total Cost - $2,506.00

OBERSTAR, JAMES L - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Kaktovik, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact-finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling/energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $3,739.27

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Beaver, AK - Arctic Village, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Fairbanks, AK
Co-sponsor(s): Alaska Wilderness League, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Purpose - Fact finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling /energy and wilderness issue
Total Cost - $6,559.76

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.