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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

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    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

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Office of

George Allen


Total cost of 68 office trips: $131,970.66


Trips by George Allen
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $12,361.11

Destination: NORFOLK, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: LM SANDLER & SONS INC
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONGREGATION BETH EL
Date: Nov 26, 2001
Expense: $1,725.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AS PART OF
Date: May 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,147.20
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Wyeth
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT ANNUAL MEETING FOR PHRMA AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,622.60
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT ANNUAL MEETING FOR PHRMA AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $911.75
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, A DIALOGUE BETWEEN LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. MRS. ALLEN ACCOMPANIED SENATOR ALLEN ON THIS TRIP. HER EXPENSES ARE INCLUDED IN THE TOTALS. THERE IS AN AMENDMENT TO LODGING, CHANGED FROM ORIG. $3,842.
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,327.34
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $705.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $922.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of George Allen

Frank Cavaliere
Teresa Deroco
Kristin Elder
Ron Ivey
Kelly Kolb
Brent Perry
John Reid
Erin Sammons
Conrad Schelle
Stephen Taylor
Michael Thomas
Jay Timmons
Robert Turner
Paul Unger
Tucker Watkins



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.