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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

W.J. Tauzin


Total cost of 276 office trips: $441,908.83


Trips by W.J. Tauzin
Total cost of congressperson's 32 trips: $59,439.46

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TOUR PACIFIC BELL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AS AN EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $481.50
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,264.76
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: TOUR FACILITY-FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 14, 2000
Expense: $1,218.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE, KY
Sponsor: Citizens for a Sound Economy
Purpose: TAX REFORM DEBATE
Date: Jan 21, 2000
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Association of Local Television Stations
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,534.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Association of Television Program Executives
Purpose:
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $640.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON & SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: NADA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,935.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $938.17
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Reed Elsevier Group plc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 6, 2000
Expense: $1,298.39
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,377.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Ziff Davis Company
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $900.19
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: May 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,662.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,149.28
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: CONFERENCE/KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jun 18, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,327.15
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,261.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CA
Sponsor: Fleishman-Hillard (Omnicom Group)
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $481.40
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $841.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Greater Houston Partnership
Purpose: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 6, 2001
Expense: $43.80
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 3, 2001
Expense: $4,522.20
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ CEO & EXECUTIVES OF INSTINET RE. LEGISLATIVE ISSUES BEFORE ENERGY & COMMERCE COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $969.30
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: MEETINGS RE. NATL. OWNERSHIP CAP & PROGRAM ACCESS
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $681.20
source

Destination: WASH., DC-PEBBLE BEACH, CA-BATON ROUGE, LA
Sponsor: Shaw Group
Purpose: SPEAKER A SUMMIT MTG. OF KEY LEADERS IN REFINING, POWER, CHEMICAL & PETROLEUM INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Destination: SAN ANGELO, TX
Sponsor: Competitive Enterprise Institute
Purpose: FORUM ON WILDLIFE MGMT. & OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,295.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose: BS. ROUNDTABLE RE: RETAIL FOOD INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,408.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,510.28
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: SPEAKER, GMA EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,460.86
source

Destination: DC-PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Florida Power & Light Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON RENEWABLE ENERGY, UTILITY OPERATIONS & DEREGULATION
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,034.12
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: SPEAKER, ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,743.42
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,234.69
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE RE. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: MARATHON, FL-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: Shaw Group
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER ON CLEAN WATER ACT & ENERGY
Date: Sep 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,520.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Jeremy Allen
Monica Azare
James Barnette
Jason Bentley
Ramsen Betfarhad
Andrew Black
Linda Bloss-Baum
Nydia Bonnin
Dan Brouillette
Dwight Cates
David Cavicke
Charles Clapton
Jaylyn Connaughton
Bill Cooper
Jonathan Cordone
Gerald Couri
Sean Cunningham
Brent Del Monte
Brent Delmonte
Amy Droskoski
Dana Dupre
Anne Elizabeth Esposito
Pete Filon
Dick Frandsen
Neil Fried
Michael Goo
Garret Graves
Bruce Gwinn
Amy Hall
Bruce Harris
Cheryl Jaeger
Alisha Jeansonne
Ken Johnson
Teddy Jones
Brendan Kelsay
Purvee Kempf
Nandan Kenkeremath
Rick Kessler
Hollyn Kidd
Erin Kuhls
Andy Levin
Dave Marventano
Brian Mccullough
Robert Meyers
Patrick Morrisey
David Murventano
Byron Patterson
Chad Porter
Gregg Rothschild
Amii Sachdev
Jennifer Safavian
David Schooler
Sue Sheridan
Robert Simison
Mimi Simoneaux
Joseph Stanko
Bridgett Taylor
Steven Tilton
Jessica Wallace
Howard Waltzman
John Wheat
James White
Kelly Zerzan



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.