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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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Public Governance Institute - $121,867.30 spent on 99 trips
47.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
52.4% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

ADERHOLT, ROBERT B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,574.00

AKIN, GARY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,592.00

BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003. Education/member communication.
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BALLANCE, FRANK W JR - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,425.00

BASS, CHARLES F - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,254.00

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BONILLA, HENRY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

BOOZMAN, JOHN N - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

BURNS, O MAXIE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan planning trip for members of congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,385.00

CAMP, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Santa Barbara, CA - Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - bi-partisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $977.69

CASE, EDWARD E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Fact finding (Congressional Retreat 2003)
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

CULBERSON, JOHN - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

DAVIS, SUSAN - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,035.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,576.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - educational retreat - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $2,471.15

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

EMERSON, JO ANN H - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

ENGEL, ELIOT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

FARR, SAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Total Cost - $778.76

FRELINGHUYSEN, RODNEY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,035.00

GINGREY, PHILLIP J - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - February 28, 2003 (1 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,751.00

GOODLATTE, ROBERT W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,226.00

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat - freshman
Total Cost - $888.00

HAYES, ROBERT C (ROBIN) - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,707.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,894.96

HERGER, WALLY - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Ontario, Canada
Co-sponsor(s): Annenberg Foundation Trust
Purpose - California delegation retreat 2003
Total Cost - $3,065.46

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $888.00

HOUGHTON, AMORY JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Total Cost - $1,576.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $988.00

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KILDEE, DALE E - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KIND, RON - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

KLINE, JOHN P - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

KNOLLENBERG, JOSEPH K - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

LARSON, JOHN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Bipartisan Retreat
Total Cost - $1,783.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $1,400.92

LUCAS, KENNETH RAY - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MALONEY, CAROLYN B - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat; discussion, planning
Total Cost - $888.00

MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,576.00

MICA, JOHN L - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, BRAD - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - To attend the Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

MILLER, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding operated by the Public Governance Institute
Total Cost - $802.82

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan retreat for house members
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PENCE, MIKE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - official congressional retreat-Educational
Total Cost - $1,385.00

PICKERING, CHARLES W JR - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,226.00

PLATTS, TODD R - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,935.00

POMBO, RICHARD - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $880.71

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

ROYCE, ED - Republican Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Purpose - California Congressional Delegation retreat
Total Cost - $1,303.94

RUPPERSBERGER, CA DUTCH - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - CA delegation bi partisan retreat meetings
Total Cost - $1,290.42

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,246.42

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

SCHIFF, ADAM - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - California bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $823.19

SCOTT, DAVID ALBERT - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional Retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,535.00

STENHOLM, CHARLIE W - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $888.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,576.00

TURNER, JAMES (JIM)WILLIAM - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Congressional retreat
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WAMP, ZACH - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - for bipartisan retreat
Total Cost - $2,101.00

WAXMAN, HENRY A - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - Bipartisan California Delegation Retreat
Total Cost - $3,039.19

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - discussion of issues and agenda
Total Cost - $1,385.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Total Cost - $1,385.00

BOXER, BARBARA - Democratic Party
December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Westin Mission Hills, CA
Purpose - California delegation retreat, 2003
Total Cost - $1,285.92

FEINSTEIN, DIANNE - Democratic Party
December 6, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (2 days)
Rancho Mirage, CA
Purpose - To participate in the California delegation bipartisan congressional retreat
Total Cost - $403.75

PEARCE, STEVE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

LUNGREN, DANIEL E - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

DAVIS, THOMAS M III - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $350.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

PASCRELL, WILLIAM J JR - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

LOFGREN, ZOE - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center
Total Cost - $350.00

WELDON, CURT - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relative to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee, and the working relationship among it's Members
Total Cost - $350.00

SMITH, LAMAR - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its Members
Total Cost - $404.00

SIMMONS, ROB - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

SHAYS, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $404.00

ROGERS, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and, in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities, and in the process improve the working environment of the Committee and its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

MCCAUL, MICHAEL - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the committee's responsibilities and in the process improve the working environment of the committee and the working relationship among members
Total Cost - $404.00

LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities, and in the process, improve the working environment and working relationship among its members
Total Cost - $404.00

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - House Committee on Homeland Security Member Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship
Total Cost - $404.00

DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Queenstown, MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
MD
Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Total Cost - $404.00

KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Educational, public policy, 2003 Congressional Retreat
Total Cost - $1,063.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Attend bipartisan Congressional retreat.
Total Cost - $1,226.00

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.