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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

    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.
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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

Sam Brownback


Total cost of 69 office trips: $131,319.15


Trips by Sam Brownback
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $24,219.20

Destination: SEA ISLAND, GA
Sponsor: Awakening Atlanta Ga
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $862.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: RIGHT TO LIFE OF LOUISVILLE KY
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT GALA BANQUET
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.50
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR MI
Sponsor: Ave Maria School of Law
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $155.84
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Ave Maria List
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 15, 2002
Expense: $1,144.15
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM AND MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $498.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Archdiocese of Denver
Purpose: DELIVER 1ST ANNUAL ROBERT CASEY LECTURE ON FAITH & PUBLIC LIFE
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Sponsor: Ave Maria School of Law
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 18, 2003
Expense: $7,362.73
source

Destination: TOPEKA, KANSAS TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Center for Law & Justice
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $10,074.80
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: REGENT UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $933.71
source

Destination: BOSTON AND MANCHESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: PRO LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Purpose: RECEIVED AN AWARD
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $642.90
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IOWA AND GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Allegan County Republican Party
Purpose: KEY NOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,150.57
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sam Brownback

Courtney Anderson
J Thomas Brady
Doug Branch
Joshua Carter
Glen Chambers
Landon Fulmer
Cherie Harder
Sara Hessenflow
Erik Hotunire
Karen Knutson
Kevin Krufky
John Miller
Maggie Nelson
Jana Novak
Brent Orrell
Sharon Payt
Jim Rowland
Hannah Royal
Anna Shopey
George Stafford
Howard Waltzman
Rob Wasinger
Katherine Weyforth
Heather Wingate
James Wolff
La Rochelle Young



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.