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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

Lincoln Diaz-Balart


Total cost of 13 office trips: $44,932.59


Trips by Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $24,892.59

Destination:
Sponsor: JUNTA PATRATICA CUBANA REGIONAL NEW JERSEY, ZONA SUR (ELIZABETH)
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ANNUAL DINNER, KNOWN AS THE CENA MARTIARA, TO COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTHDAY OF JOSE MARTI
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.25
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Case Western Reserve University
Purpose: GIVING THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT THE 2001 LAW SCHOOL GRADUATE
Date: May 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,728.64
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 2, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,480.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK-ATHENS-LARNACA (CYPRUS) NEW YORK
Sponsor: Cyprus Federation of America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO CYPRUS FOR ON THE GROUND UPDATES ON THE PROCESS FOR A SOLUTION TO THE CYPRIOT TRAGEDY
Date: Aug 14, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,614.00
source

Destination: LARNACA-CASABLANCA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States-Morroco Council on Trade and Investment
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF THE UNITED STATES-MOROCCO COUNCIL ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT, AND WITH MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $9,716.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CUBANOS UNIDOS EN PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO RECEIVE FROM THE SENATE OF PUERTO RICO A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF DEMOCRACY IN CUBA AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20, 2005
Date: May 16, 2005
Expense: $314.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Ana Carbonell
Stephen Cote
Mark Gaspers
Cesar Gonzalez
Elizabeth Humphrey
Jordan Paul



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.