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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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    The troubled history of vocational education

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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.

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Office of

Chris John


Total cost of 57 office trips: $109,293.40


Trips by Chris John
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $44,137.83

Destination: WYE RIVER CONF. CENTER-QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: INDIGO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SPEAKER-POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $7,597.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $735.00
source

Destination: POUGHKEEPSIE
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: HYDE PARK CONFERENCE
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Purpose: SPEECH & PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,962.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Beer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PARTICIPANT AT MEMBERSHIP MTG.
Date: Nov 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,385.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: 2001 SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,201.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,723.50
source

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,035.31
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMEN'S FOUNDATION SUMMIT, CABIN BLUFF
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: ADDRESS SPORTSMEN DURING SUMMIT
Date: Mar 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,857.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,654.26
source

Destination: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEM LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,993.60
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM KANSAS CITY, TO JOPLIN, TO FT. SMITH TO SHREVEPORT TO DODDTO LAFAYE TO NEW ORLE
Sponsor: I-49 International Coalition
Purpose:
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,245.44
source

Destination: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES-LEADER'S IN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,111.22
source

Destination: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,481.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Chris John

Jody Comeaux
Lynn Hershey
David Kay
Vera Lebrun
Gayle Parker
Jacob Roche
Samuel Roche
Stephen Stefaosk
Gordon Taylor



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.