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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

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    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

Jim Mccrery


Total cost of 44 office trips: $135,038.93


Trips by Jim Mccrery
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $72,727.47

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,045.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,671.26
source

Destination: MARSEILLES, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $19,164.20
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,191.42
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ (SCOTTSDALE)
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,108.18
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $11,798.18
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $20,809.00
source

Destination: TEXARKA, TX-KANSAS CITY, MO-JOPLIN, MO-FORT SMITH, AR-SHREVEPORT, LA-DODDRIDGE, AR-SHREVEPORT, LA
Sponsor: I-49 International Coalition
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $853.19
source

Destination: KAUAI-HI
Sponsor: Pipe Line Contractors Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT; FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,894.44
source

Destination: MANASSAS, VA
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.39
source

Destination: SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA TO BOCA RATON, FLORIDA BOCA RATON, FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AND FLIGHT SPONSOR WADDELL & REED ($956.90 TOTAL)
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,962.83
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: HERITAGE FOUNDATION ($1406.60), PEPPERDINE UNIV. ($1,281.78) & ROD CAMPBELL ($164)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,852.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Mccrery

Edgar Abrams
Bob Brooks
Elizabeth Coffin
Aimee Hartlage
Richard Hunt
Christopher King
Miriam Moore
Jennifer Nowlin
Jon Traub
Laura Walker



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.