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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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

Mitch Mcconnell


Total cost of 61 office trips: $87,456.97


Trips by Mitch Mcconnell
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $29,187.69

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL PALM BEACH WASHINGTON CLUB MEETING, KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Mar 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $900.88
source

Destination: FROM MADISONVILLE, KENTUCKY AIRPORT TO REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT, D.C.
Sponsor: Peabody Energy
Purpose: TO ANNOUNCE OPENING OF NEW PEABODY PLANT IN MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Date: Feb 12, 2001
Expense: $354.99
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: REMARKS AT CLEVELAND COMMITTEE FOR AIPAC RECEPTION AND DINNER HONORING AIPAC PRESIDENT, TIM WULIGER, THE LANDERHAVEN, CLEVELAND, OHIO
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,407.31
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES CA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: INVITED TO KEY NOTE DINNER EVENT CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE, BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, BEVERLY HILLS, CA, EVENING OF DECEMBER 8, 2001
Date: Dec 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,214.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION ANNUAL CONVENTION, TO BE PRESENTED WITH AFBF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD ON 1/6, AND TO ATTEND KENTUCKY FARM BUREAU BREAKFAST ON 1/7
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,190.51
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: REMARKS AT ANNUAL "RESTORATION WEEKEND" LUNCHEON ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT THE BREAKERS HOTEL, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Nov 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,709.00
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA, SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT ANNUAL SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $739.00
source

Destination: AEI WORLD FORUM, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,210.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,153.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Committee for The Weizmann Institute of Science
Purpose: MEETING WITH ISRAEL GOV'T OFFICIALS & VISIT THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE AN HONORARY DEGREE
Date: Nov 12, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mitch Mcconnell

John Abegg
Brytt Brooks
Larry Cox
Laura Haney
Brian Lewis
Robert Lewis
Charles Marshall
Malloy Mcdaniel
Scott O'malice
Laura Pemberton
Billy Piper
K Scott Raab
Leon Sequeira
Kyle Simmons
Pamela Simpson
Michael Solon
Tamars Somerville
Robert Steurer
Amy Swonger
Mason Wiggins
Mary Young
Michael Zehr



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.