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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

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Office of

William Lipinski


Total cost of 33 office trips: $87,778.75


Trips by William Lipinski
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $42,844.53

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,148.00
source

Destination: KIAWAH, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,324.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,299.60
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY TO FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,550.64
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,471.50
source

Destination: CODY, WYOMING
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,132.36
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,772.00
source

Destination: KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON TO SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,673.98
source

Destination: SPANISH BAY AT PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,909.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL TO SANTA FE, NM, TO SOLANA BEACH, CA
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: RAIL-FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,830.94
source

Destination: LAJOLLA, CA TO CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: RAIL-FACT-FINDING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,202.20
source

Destination: PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,530.31
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Lipinski

Emily Chibnall
Colleen Corr
Michael Mclaughlin
Ashley Musselman
Ryan Quinn
Jason Tai



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.