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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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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

Jeff Flake


Total cost of 26 office trips: $45,036.67


Trips by Jeff Flake
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $27,996.20

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,832.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $11,584.20
source

Destination: GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Sponsor: Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,520.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NAPLES, FL-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Cato Institute
Purpose: ANNUAL BENEFACTOR SUMMIT, PARTICIPATED AS A SPEAKER
Date: Feb 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,425.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING, MEETINGS
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NAPA VALLEY, CA-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Citizens for a Sound Economy
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,421.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLUB FOR GROWTH CONFERENCE EVENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,729.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-CHICAGO-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT HERITAGE LUNCHEON
Date: Apr 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $642.85
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. TO BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $519.55
source

Destination: DC-FORT MEYERS, FL-PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: TO TAKE PART IN A PANEL FOR A CLUB FOR GROWTH CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,406.60
source

Destination: PHOENIX-MIAMI-CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,121.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX TO FLAGSTAFF, AZ
Sponsor: Arizona Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL RE: IMMIGRATION AT THE ARIZONA ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $236.98
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jeff Flake

Mary Baumbach
Margaret Edmunds
James Gibadlo
Susan Kachounoff
Margaret Klessig
Breana Teubner
Steve Voeller
Lance Walker



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.