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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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  • 09.10.14

    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.
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  • 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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Office of

Bill Nelson


Total cost of 55 office trips: $60,120.74


Trips by Bill Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $23,277.92

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,698.28
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $516.60
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $674.88
source

Destination: POINT LOOKOUT, MO
Sponsor: College of the Ozarks
Purpose:
Date: May 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,215.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY ISSUES BEFORE THE SENATE
Date: Jun 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $559.67
source

Destination: MANALAPAN, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BUSINESS LAW SECTION OF THE FL BAR'S ANNUAL RETREAT
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $291.15
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,252.01
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Cuban American National Foundation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CUBAN-AMERICAN NATIONAL FOUNDATION BANQUET
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,179.54
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND SPRING CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,873.68
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: May 28, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,072.47
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Democratic Party
Purpose: ANNUAL JEFFERSON JACKSON DINNER
Date: Jun 12, 2004
Expense: $138.75
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida League of Cities
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR EMBRAER'S AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY HANGAR AT CECIL COMMERCE CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2004
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, S. CAROLINA
Sponsor: Renaissance Weekend
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RENAISSANCE WEEKEND CONFERENCE WHICH SEEKS TO BUILD BRIDGES ACROSS TRADITIONAL DIVIDES OF PROFESSIONS AND POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY AND GENERATIONS, RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Date: Dec 28, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,680.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Everglades Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO THE EVERGLADES COALITION CONFERENCE REGARDING EVERGLADES RESTORATION
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $399.94
source

Destination: POLK, HILLSBOROUGH & HARDEE COUNTIES
Sponsor: Florida Public Transportation Association
Purpose: AERIAL TOUR AND BRIEFING OF AGRICULTURE, PHOSPHATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, GROWTH PATTERNS AND TRANSPORTATION IN POLK, HILLSBOROUGH AND HARDEE COUNTIES
Date: Apr 22, 2005
Expense: $725.00
source

Destination: SANDESTIN, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NORTHWEST FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NORTHWEST FL LEAGUE OF CITIES ANNUAL DINNER
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $160.95
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bill Nelson

Jaime Allentuck
Shahra Anderson
Rashahra Andreson
Celeste Brown
Peter Contostavlos
Jon Cooper
Leanna Gutierrez
Erin Hatch
Reg Leichty
Kim Luckey
Daniel Mclaughlin
Sheila Nix
Dan Shapiro
Michael Sozan
Caroline Tess
Bridget Walsh



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.