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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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

Baron Hill


Total cost of 26 office trips: $52,335.36


Trips by Baron Hill
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $18,434.65

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY/USEDOM, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 18TH ANNUAL CONGRESS - BUNDESTAG EXCHANGE SEMINAR
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,128.37
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,804.39
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - JACKSON HOLE, WY - SEYMOUR, IN
Sponsor: COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION, ADVANCE AMERICA, CNG FINANCIAL INC., JONES MANAGEMENT LLC, CASH AMERICA INC., SOFTWISE INC.
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Jun 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,544.00
source

Destination: FT. MYER, FLORIDA - ISRAEL - LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,961.05
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE INC., CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, AND THE CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE
Purpose: VISIT TO EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.84
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Baron Hill

Ryan Guthrie
Anne Keller
Jeannette Murray-Mount
Matt Pierce
Lisa Shelton
Eugene Wilk
John Williams



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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.