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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

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    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

Michael Bilirakis


Total cost of 26 office trips: $62,820.31


Trips by Michael Bilirakis
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $32,959.31

Destination: ATLANTA
Sponsor: NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND AWARD PRESENTATION FOR HIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF VETERANS
Date: Jul 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $332.11
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS REGARDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,810.07
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,386.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,781.60
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: PINELLAS COUNTY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,521.90
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACTFINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,310.26
source

Destination: TAMPA-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AS A MEMBER OF A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL.
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,963.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: American Hellenic Council of California
Purpose: AWARDS CEREMONY-SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,635.47
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,436.60
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,381.40
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Blinded Veterans Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND AWARDS PRESENTATION
Date: Aug 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $400.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Michael Bilirakis

Jeremy Allen
Anne Elizabeth Esposito
Rebecca Hyder
Carrie Melvin
Erin Ockunzzi
Sarah Owen
Christy Stefadouros
Steven Tilton
Matthew Tuten



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.