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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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    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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Office of

Ted Stevens


Total cost of 61 office trips: $139,748.02


Trips by Ted Stevens
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $56,996.75

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA. MRS. STEVENS ALSO ATTENDED
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,568.60
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Cap Cure
Purpose: REMARKS BY SENATOR TED STEVENS
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $3,144.00
source

Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2001 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,311.96
source

Destination: ANAHEIM, CA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL ON ISSUES BEFORE THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $895.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMEN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,290.20
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION AND VERISON COMMUNICATIONS-COSPONSORS
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE USTA CONFERENCE-TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,263.97
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Fisheries Institute
Purpose: REMARKS GIVEN TO MEETING OF NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE
Date: Oct 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Lost Tree Chapel Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM "ARE WE PREPARED FOR THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL TERRORISM"
Date: Mar 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,746.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $320.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc
Purpose: REMARKS GIVEN AT THE MIDNIGHT SUN SHIP CHRISTENING
Date: Aug 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,039.55
source

Destination: KITTY HAWK, NC
Sponsor: COMBS AVIATION CO.
Purpose: PLANNING 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAN'S FIRST FLIGHT AT KITTY HAWK, NC. VISITED KITTY HAWK MEMORIAL AT NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Date: Apr 26, 2003
Expense: $1,130.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,913.18
source

Destination: KAVAI, HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN HAWAII PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND DEBATES
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,657.86
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE-PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,177.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: REMARKS AT ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $687.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: REMARKS AT ERNEST N. MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,048.20
source

Destination: IRVINGTON VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTEND BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: KONA, HI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN ANNUAL AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,523.11
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,704.62
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Catherine B Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Apr 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,600.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ted Stevens

M Sidney Ashworth
Christine Drager
Ruth Ernst
Andrew Givens
Tom Hawkins
James Hayes
Lesley Kalan
Christine Kurth
George Lowe
Jennifer Lowe
Jason Mulvihill
Matthew Paxton
Mitch Rose
David Russell
Justin Stiefel
Lisa Sutherland
Brian Wilson
John Young



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.