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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

Frank Murkowski


Total cost of 79 office trips: $205,977.40


Trips by Frank Murkowski
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $56,177.47

Destination: LONDON AND MADRID
Sponsor: BP, RIO TINTO, EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE
Purpose: WORLD ENERGY BRIEFINGS BY BP, INTL. MINERAL MARKET FORECAST FOR 2000 AND BEYOND BRIEFINGS BY RIO TINTO, MEETING WITH SPANISH ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION AND A SITE VISIT TO THEIR NUCLEAR PLANT FACILITIES
Date: Jan 9, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $5,644.37
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: MGN Inc
Purpose: SITE VISIT, SKULL VALLEY NUCLEAR DISPOSAL SITE
Date: Feb 14, 2000
Expense: $2,842.06
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,392.60
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $6,508.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,690.45
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA (MINN. TO PHILA. TO DC)
Sponsor: US Association for Energy Economics
Purpose: SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $1,387.00
source

Destination: TUSCON, AZ
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEECH AND DISCUSSION PANEL PARTICIPANT AT THE INSTITUTE'S CEO MEETING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $6,234.29
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Conoco Phillips
Purpose: SHIP CHRISTENING
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,571.88
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE VALDEZ FAIRBANKS, DEADHORSE, KATAVIK NULGOUT ABD, BURROW, ALEXA
Sponsor: ALYESKA PIPELINE SERVICES CO., ERA AVIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP RELATED TO THE EXPLORATION DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSPORTATION OF OIL AND GAS FROM THE ALASKA NORTH SLOPE AND ASSOCIATED COMMUNITIES
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,340.00
source

Destination: BIG SPRING, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: WIND POWER TOUR AND ENERGY/NUCLEAR BRIEFING
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,556.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Williams Companies
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $4,747.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,844.92
source

Destination: TALKEETNA, ALASKA
Sponsor: Waterfall Committee
Purpose: ALASKA 2001 YOUTH SUMMIT
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,906.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL OVERVIEW CRUISE
Date: Nov 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Murkowski

James Beirne
Joseph Brenckle
Colleen Deegan
Christine Drager
David Dye
Isaac Edwards
Kathleen Elder
Ivette Fernandez
Charles Freeman
David Garman
Joel Gilbertson
Kelly Johnson
Daniel Kish
Andrew Lundquist
Brian Malnak
Nancy Murkowski
Kristin Phillips
Howard Useem
William Woolf



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.