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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

Dennis Cardoza


Total cost of 21 office trips: $47,015.42


Trips by Dennis Cardoza
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $32,045.89

Destination: MCCLOUD, CA TO SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,122.52
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO VIA NEW YORK TO ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,943.55
source

Destination: FRESNO-PALM SPRINGS-WASH, DC FRESNO-PALM SPRINGS-FRESNO
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation and related organizations
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,523.95
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS AREA
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation and related organizations
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION ISSUES
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,476.30
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE/AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT FOR DLC
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,939.18
source

Destination: JACKSONHOLE, WY
Sponsor: JONES MANAGEMENT LLC
Purpose: PAYDAY ADVANCE WITH COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOC. OF AMERICA
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,860.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO-PARIS-BRUSSELS-PARIS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TO ASSESS PROGRESS MADE ON THE 10-POINT, 10-YEAR ACTION PLAN IN THE TPN'S "STRATEGY TO STRENGTHEN TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP" AND TO SET TPN'S WORK PRIORITIES
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $13,265.13
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA-SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS MARCH BY VISITING THE HISTORIC SITES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA-CHICAGO (O'HARE AIRPORT)-WASHINGTON, DC (REAGAN AIRPORT)
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC./CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: FIRST-HAND LOOK AT THEIR EXCHANGES, SPEAK WITH THOSE WHO OPERATE IN THEIR MARKETS ON A DAILY BASIS, AND SEE A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR RECENT INNOVATIONS
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,324.85
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL UNITED PRODUCE TRADE SHOW IN CHICAGO, IL TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND HOW IT RELATES TO CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE
Date: May 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $665.41
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dennis Cardoza

Anne Cannon
Gary Palmquist
Jennifer Walsh
Eric Wortman



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.