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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

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Office of

Richard Neal


Total cost of 27 office trips: $46,152.79


Trips by Richard Neal
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $16,390.75

Destination: CHATHAM, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,575.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,650.00
source

Destination: CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL ISSUES SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,671.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM SUMMIT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,057.75
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Chubb Corporation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $640.50
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM SPRINGFIELD, MA/HARTFORD AIRPORT TO ALBUQUERQUE, NM AND RETURN
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR AT LUMIDIGM BIOMETRICS
Date: May 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,482.50
source

Destination: NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR
Date: Jul 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,090.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Chubb Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MEETING ON CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES AFFECTING INSURANCE INDUSTRY INCLUDING ASBESTOS RELATED ISSUES, TAXES, LEGAL REFORM AND INSURANCE REGULATION.
Date: Dec 16, 2003
Expense: $440.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, PRESBYTERIAN HOSTIPAL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, BURN CENTER
Sponsor: American Burn Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MEETING WITH BURN PHYSICIANS TO DISCUSS ISSUES AFFECTING THE MEDICAL FIELD INCLUDING PHYSICIAN REIMBURSEMENT, MEDICARE, MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS
Date: Dec 17, 2003
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,470.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: THE DENVER FORUM/THE CITY CLUB OF SAN DIEGO
Purpose: TO ADDRESS TWO PUBLIC POLICY FORUMS ON THE TOPIC OF SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,475.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CLEVELAND, OH,-HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO GROUP REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $469.00
source

Destination: WEQUASSETT INN, CHATHAM, MA (BY PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE)
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE SEMINAR/BIPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $980.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Richard Neal

Daniel Houton
Ann Jablon
Bridgette Johnson
Ryan Kelly
Margaret Mcglinch
Melissa Mueller
Michael Prucker



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.