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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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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

Robert Ehrlich


Total cost of 25 office trips: $61,250.72


Trips by Robert Ehrlich
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $24,638.45

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,192.76
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,882.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES & PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: JOSEPH E SEAGRAM & SONS INC
Purpose: MEET WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIO EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,948.24
source

Destination: FT. MEYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Power & Light Co
Purpose: VISIT POWER PLANT
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,961.99
source

Destination: LANSDAWNE RESORT, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: GOLF TOURNAMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $577.18
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 7, 2000
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,680.33
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Sponsor: Arctic Power
Purpose: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,962.60
source

Destination: OCEAN CITY, MD
Sponsor: Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $95.45
source

Destination:
Sponsor: MARYLAND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $54.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,267.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Ehrlich

R Karl Aumann
William Gibson
Jill Homan
Steven Kreseski
Tom Lockwood
Bernard Marczyk



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.