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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

Blanche Lincoln


Total cost of 128 office trips: $190,984.39


Trips by Blanche Lincoln
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $23,162.02

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: TO RECEIVE TOP TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG AMERICAN AWARD
Date: Jan 15, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $445.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Purpose: SPEAK TO THEIR ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Mar 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,409.24
source

Destination: LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: RANDOLPH-MACON WOMAN'S COLLEGE
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $245.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,197.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: ADDRESS THE NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING AND TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE WITH COTTON INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES FROM ARKANSAS
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $3,669.79
source

Destination: RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH ON NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY TO ARKANSAS NUCLEAR ONE LICENSE EXTENSION
Date: Jul 9, 2001
Expense: $2,800.00
source

Destination: PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Chi Omega Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND TO RECEIVE THE WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Date: Jun 29, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: HEBER SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Sponsor: Arkansas Orthopaedic Society
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Apr 12, 2003
Expense: $1,035.30
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT-PARTICIPATE IN POLICY DISCUSSIONS ON HOMELAND SECURITY, NATIONAL SECURITY, BUDGET AND TAXES
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,194.00
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEECH ON HEALTHCARE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,100.89
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPOKE TO ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,965.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Charles Barnett
Kelly Bingel
Jack Campbell
Mac Campbell
Courtney Clabaugh
Betty Davis
Cynthia Edwards
Amber Elbert
John Gilliland
Andrew Goesl
Stephen Higginbothom
Robert Holifield
Hannah Lambiotte
Matt Largen
Elizabeth Macdonald
Brandon Mcbride
Anthony Mcclain
Courtney Mcdade
Lori Neal
Ben Noble
Stephen Patterson
Jonathan Rhodes
Kelly Rucker
Jim Stowers
Anna Taylor
Amy Woodman
Todd Wooten
Donna Yeargan



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.