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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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    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.
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Office of

Ernie Fletcher


Total cost of 28 office trips: $72,734.82


Trips by Ernie Fletcher
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $49,904.35

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CONGR. HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,716.69
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: NATIONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE PANEL
Date: Mar 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,671.48
source

Destination: BIPAC BD OF DIRECTORS-NABPAC BD & MBRS MTG.
Sponsor: BIPAC - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
Purpose: SPEAK TO BOTH GROUPS RE: 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Nov 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,416.00
source

Destination: DC TO FL TO KY
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,260.12
source

Destination: FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAKER/PARTICIPANT ANNUAL MTG FOR BUS. ASSNS.
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,317.22
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: DC TO OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: RD. TABLE DISCUSSION OF FARM BILL & EVENT FOR FOUNDATION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $591.23
source

Destination: DC TO SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TRANS ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,576.34
source

Destination: SCOTLAND TO ISRAEL TO KY
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $10,378.32
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: HORSE BREEDING EDUCATIONAL SESSION
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: LISTENING TOUR & HEALTHCARE FORUM
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $9,464.02
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE TO NEW ORLEANS TO CINCINNATI
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: 51ST ANNUAL CONVENTION-EDUCATIONAL MTGS & EXPOSITION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,260.01
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ernie Fletcher

Matthew Bassett
Phillip Brown
Bradford Campbell
Daniel Groves
James Hightower
Matthew Mccullough
Nicholas Mirisis



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.