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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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Christopher Reynolds Foundation - $16,981.75 spent on 10 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Educational Fact Finding
Total Cost - $1,971.00

HINCHEY, MAURICE D - Democratic Party
January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Total Cost - $1,863.78

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - Access the impact of the food and medicine embargo on the Cuban people with a particular focus on the Afro-Cuban population
Total Cost - $2,264.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): General Service Foundation
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,648.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Congressional Black Congress trip to Cuba
Total Cost - $1,329.23

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visited constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $1,350.73

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Cancun, Mexico - Havana, Cuba
Co-sponsor(s): Interreligious Foundation for Community Org
Purpose - Met with government officials, visit constituents at the Latin American Medical School
Total Cost - $1,350.73

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
May 31, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba
Purpose - Cuba business fact finding
Total Cost - $1,298.26

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
July 6, 2005 - July 9, 2005 (4 days)
Havana, Cuba - Cancun, Mexico
Purpose - Explore first hand the issues currently facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns.
Total Cost - $1,555.29

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.