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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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in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Ease process of getting small business loans

File under: financing, small business loans, jobs

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From: Thomas T., Mobridge, SD

Everything's going to be okay.

That's the line I keep hearing, and something I keep telling myself. I started my art business last year, and received my state sales tax license. But so far, that's as far as I've gotten. Recently, an invitation to the 2011 Governor's Conference on Tourism, sent out to Made in South Dakota producers, came to my door. Being there, showing my work in our state's capital would be the shot in the arm my art business needs. However, booth space is $75. Housing and food for the two days would cost about $300 total. I have roughly $3 in savings now -- just enough to keep the account open. So I politely e-mailed those in charge of the event, and disappointedly declined. I now know how Cinderella felt being left home, while her sisters got to go to the ball.

My idea for reducing poverty is less government red tape to get loans for small businesses. I keep prices for my work low so everyone can afford something. Government and big businesses (banks especially) can afford to open up on loans.


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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.

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    "Welcome to our world." Educators take an entire school day to shadow a student and walk in their shoes. We find out how it went for one teacher.
  • 04.21.16

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    Want a job? So does every student ever! Maybe career and technical education classes are the way to go. Shaun Dougherty says you could be more likely to graduate and earn more if you do.
  • 04.14.16

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    Private tutoring is no longer just for the rich kids. Our guest tells us how the individual attention improves student learning and graduation rates.
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