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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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    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.

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

Judy Biggert


Total cost of 26 office trips: $60,169.65


Trips by Judy Biggert
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $23,135.52

Destination: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,470.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: FUND-RAISING FOR THE GOP MAIN STREET PARTNERSHIP
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: DEPART OHARE 10-16 AM ARRIVE GREENSBORO-DEPART ARRIVE DC 10-16 PM
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NAEHCY NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 16, 2000
Expense: $476.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: OHARE, NEW ORLEANS, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $976.08
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: MAINSTREET REPUBLICAN PARTNERSHIP
Purpose:
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,115.26
source

Destination: JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON ED REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,735.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-MIAMI, CHICAGO, FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: A SUMMIT TO AUGMENT THE RELATIONSHIPS AND CONCERNS BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,270.78
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Judy Biggert

Nicole Austin
Jim Brown
Paul Doucette
Danielle English
Mike Gerber
Cameron Gilreath
Kathleen Lydon
Hallie Masanchick
Jaimie Vickery



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.