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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.

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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Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce - $189,350.66 spent on 28 trips
64.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.3% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,122.00

BARTLETT, ROSCOE G JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,120.00

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,590.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Total Cost - $4,510.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $15,140.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

GILMAN, BENJAMIN A - Republican Party
August 13, 2001 - August 16, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit and participate in the Global Peace Conference
Total Cost - $9,900.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
December 26, 2000 - January 2, 2001 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,190.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KING, PETER - Republican Party
August 27, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Education/meetings
Total Cost - $5,600.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $13,790.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
November 11, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (16 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, education visit
Total Cost - $3,770.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 10, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attend seminar
Total Cost - $3,770.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $4,950.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $5,050.00

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding, educational and economic development
Total Cost - $5,050.00

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,550.00

RILEY, BOB - Republican Party
August 13, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,129.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Total Cost - $1,226.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 2, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding/education
Total Cost - $2,550.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (10 days)
Singapore
Co-sponsor(s): Singapore International Foundation
Purpose - official visit to gov't leaders
Total Cost - $20,831.66

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,786.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong
Co-sponsor(s): H & Q Asia Pacific
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $6,362.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit to Taiwan
Total Cost - $8,600.00

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.