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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

Steve Buyer


Total cost of 34 office trips: $57,916.29


Trips by Steve Buyer
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $25,770.31

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOC'S 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,119.10
source

Destination: ADDRESS THE 102ND NATIONAL CONVENTION
Sponsor: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $382.46
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: Guidant Corporation
Purpose: SPEAK TO A HOSPITAL CEO FORUM
Date: Feb 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Sponsor: General Electric Co
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV (AIR) AND DROVE TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW TECHNOLOGY AT ANNUAL TRADE SHOW, INCLUDING INDIANA COMPANIES SUCH AS THOMPSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND FIELD HEARINGS.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,296.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA TO SANTA FE, NM (AIR); SANTA FE, TO SAN DIEGO, CA (VIA TRAIN); SAN DIEGO TO WASHINGTON, DC (PLANE)
Sponsor: BNSF Railway Company
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGES FACING RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATED IN A PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,570.83
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT RAILROAD INDUSTRY AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,498.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, LEXINGTON, KY
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING OF CHALLENGES FACES BY THE SMALL FAMILY FARM OPERATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $598.48
source

Destination: BERLIN-MUNICH-WASHINGTON, DC (SB)
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: PARLIMENTARY EXCHANGE WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUDESTAG WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jul 3, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $15,179.44
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Steve Buyer

Danelle Bowsher
Michael Copher
Kelly Craven
Myrna Dugan
Daniel Garcia
Kathryn Mcnabb
Laura Zuckerman



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.