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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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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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  • 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.

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

Luis Gutierrez


Total cost of 36 office trips: $94,081.52


Trips by Luis Gutierrez
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $72,898.03

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: HISPANIC LEADERS RETREAT-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,717.02
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN SEIU IMMIGRATION RALLY AND VARIOUS EVENTS
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,708.65
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO TAIWAN
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,600.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: ENCUENTRO-LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 26, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,066.79
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE LATINO COALITION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT OUR LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 24, 2002
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: GUADALAJARA-JALISCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $941.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE BOARD RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,204.30
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: ATTEND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT IMMIGRATION RALLY
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Expense: $562.50
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: Alliance Data Systems
Purpose: SPEAK ON IMMIGRATION
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $921.98
source

Destination: EL PASO-CIUDAD JUAREZ
Sponsor: LATIN AMERICAN WORKING GROUP-WASHINGTON OFFICE OF LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING CIUDAD JUAREZ MURDERS
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,453.58
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: SONY AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,277.58
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspira
Purpose: ASPIRA: LATINO EDUCATION SUMMIT
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,500.00
source

Destination: HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: HISPANIC LEADERS RETREAT-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,601.00
source

Destination: ACAPULCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: IMMIGRATION FORUM AND PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE-"WASHINGTON OUTLOOK" PARTICIPANT
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,864.70
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $6,049.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ELECTED OFFICIALS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $905.20
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NCLR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $817.20
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,176.07
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND MEETING IN JORDAN AND ISRAEL
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,906.00
source

Destination: GUADALAJARA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: RETREAT OF HISPANIC LEADERS-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 27, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,330.84
source

Destination: TABASCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: IMMIGRATION FORUM AND PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL" DURING THE FUTURE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $7,080.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: LATINO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SUMMIT WITH LATINO LEADERS ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,468.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND INDUSTRIES UNION: "DIALOGUE OF PUERTO RICAN LEADERS ON SOCIAL ISSUES"
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $777.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JUAN, PR-CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $866.20
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: LATINO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SPEAK AT A LECTURE, REGARDING IMMIGRATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 30, 2005
Expense: $526.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Luis Gutierrez

Susan Collins
Enrique Fernandez-Toledo
Jennice Fuentes
Joan Kato
Kellie Larkin
Annie Toro



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.