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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

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


Total cost of 39 office trips: $141,479.07


Trips by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $63,502.25

Destination: MIAMI-JFK-TEL AVIV; TEL AVIV-SEOUL RETURN TRIP PAID FOR BY ANOTHER SPONSOR, THE U.S.-KOREAN EXCHANGE COUNCIL
Sponsor: THE JERUSALEM FUND OF AISH HATORAH AND THE IDT CORPORATION I REIMBURSED THE JERUSALEM FUND FOR THE COST OF MY TWO ACCOMPANYING CHILDREN
Purpose: TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. REP. ROS-LEHTINEN RECEIVED THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD (AT CEREMONY) FROM THE MUNICIPALITY OF JERUSALEM AND THE JERUSALEM FUND
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $13,183.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV-SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND SOUTH KOREA TO TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $27,960.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN TO KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Destination: LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA TO SINGAPORE AND SINGAPORE TO MIAMI, FL/USA
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,602.00
source

Destination: FRANKFURT-AMENANH TEL-AVIV
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR IN JORDAN AND ISRAEL
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,635.25
source

Destination: DULLES, LOS ANGELES, MIAMI
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: LIVE TAPING OF HBO'S REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER
Date: Mar 18, 2005
Expense: $6,896.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Alex Cruz
Arthur Estopinan
Lucille Lewis
Julie Philp
Rodolfo Pina
Frederick Ratliff
Mariia Zimmerman



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.