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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.
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Office of

James Mcgovern


Total cost of 32 office trips: $79,389.76


Trips by James Mcgovern
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $26,451.48

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,223.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: OXFAM
Purpose: TO REVIEW OXFAM'S DEVELOPMENT AND AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS IN CUBA.
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL
Purpose: TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO PRESERVE EARNEST HEMINGWAY'S LEGACY INCLUDING PRESERVATION OF WORKS OF LITERARY SIGNIFICANCE.
Date: Nov 7, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,850.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF U.S. - CUBA POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $350.00
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: BOSTON - HAVANA - DC
Sponsor: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON PHARMACY
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,468.50
source

Destination: BETHESDA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO GAIN GREATER UNDERSTANDING ON THE ROLE RELIGIOUS FAITH PLAYS IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $537.60
source

Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Office on Latin America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: TO EVALUATE U.S. RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION AND FRANCE, AND TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,524.26
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Mcgovern

Edward Augustus
Cindy Buhl
Daniel Holt
Michael Meishon
Michael Mershon
Gladys Parker
Christopher Philbin
Keith Stern
Ryan Thrasher



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.