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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

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    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

Albert Wynn


Total cost of 26 office trips: $41,838.40


Trips by Albert Wynn
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,798.04

Destination: VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: MEMBERS EXEC. OF WIRELESS INDUSTRY DISCUSS MATTERS AFFECTING THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,486.49
source

Destination: BATON ROUGE
Sponsor: Southern University at New Orleans
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,323.55
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, ST. MAARTEN
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CARIB NEWS MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONF
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,970.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: MEMBERS' AND EXECUTIVES OF WIRELESS INDUSTRY TO DISCUSS MATTERS AFFECTING THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,599.30
source

Destination: JUNEAU, ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST
Date: May 24, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,566.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2ND ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,365.87
source

Destination: SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: 5TH ANNUAL POLICY RETREAT
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,622.73
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,063.94
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,394.40
source

Destination: SYRACUSE
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: DISCUSS INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUE AND TO EXPLORE POSSILE JOINT COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Date: Jan 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $796.00
source

Destination: SUNNY ISLES, FL
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S IV ANNUAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH XXXV REGULAR SESSION OF THE OAS
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,060.98
source

Destination: AVENTURA, DE
Sponsor: NAT'L ASSOCIATION OF INVESTMENT COMPANIES
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NAIC ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE MATTERS AND THE MINORITY-FOCUSED VENTURE CAPITAL INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $547.88
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Albert Wynn

Paul Begey
Matthew Biggs
Curt Clifton
Lashawna Johnson
Alon Kupferman
Alon Kysferhon
Lori Pepper
Michael Rious
Cherie Wilson



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.