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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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    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

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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

Charles Norwood


Total cost of 15 office trips: $33,362.65


Trips by Charles Norwood
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $25,943.06

Destination:
Sponsor: TENNESSEE DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THEIR MEMBERS
Date: May 18, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $933.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLA.
Sponsor: Georgia Dental Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,294.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 20, 2001
Expense: $1,406.22
source

Destination: DENVER, CO TO AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: American Dental Association
Purpose:
Date: Aug 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,060.12
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Reliant Energy Inc
Purpose: BREAKFAST BREIFING AND HUNTING EXCURSION
Date: Dec 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $855.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Brown University
Purpose: SPEAKING EVENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,595.50
source

Destination: CONVENTION ACTIVITIES
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND CABLE 2002 CONVENTION/PARTICIPATE-SPEAK AT PUBLIC POLICY LUNCL
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,750.19
source

Destination: PLENARY SPEAKER
Sponsor: AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY NATIONAL MEETING
Purpose: SERVE AS PLENARY SPEAKER
Date: May 18, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,671.00
source

Destination: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,516.74
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Dental Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ADA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,436.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-PROVIDENCE, RI-ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: RIMS CONFERENCE-KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,424.39
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Norwood

Jennie Derge
Greg Louer
Lemuel Smith
Rodney Whitlock



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.