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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

Bart Stupak


Total cost of 33 office trips: $86,543.95


Trips by Bart Stupak
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $51,145.71

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: ANNUAL CONFERENCE-DISCUSSED PENDING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Sep 10, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $454.50
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE REGARDING ELECTRIC INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,374.00
source

Destination: MANCHESTER, UK-LONDON, UK
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL & NUCLEAR PLANT DECOMISSIONING
Date: May 27, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $15,080.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Williams Companies
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT OF WILLIAMS CO., ENERGY INDUSTRY
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,079.78
source

Destination: CONFERENCE AT TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose:
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,892.79
source

Destination: HARBER SPRINGS, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR ANNUAL MAC DINNER
Date: Aug 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $225.51
source

Destination: CONGRESSMAN: ATLANTA, GA-FT. LAUDERDALE, FL-AVENTURA, FL-GREEN BAY, WI MRS. STUPAK: GREEN BAY, WI-FT LAUDERDALE, FL-AVENTURA, FL-GREEN BAY, WI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,976.37
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BARCELONA, SPAIN-PARIS, FRANCE-GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF SPANISH AND FRENCH NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND DISCUSSIONS WITH INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $19,778.48
source

Destination: CONFERENCE IN MY DISTRICT ON MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $528.52
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD CONFERENCE-DISCUSS ENERGY BILL AND PROPOSED REFORMS
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,732.08
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT-ISSUES AND POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,023.68
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bart Stupak

Matthew Berzok
Amy Fuerstenau
Lynne Jensen
Daphna Peled
Scott Schloegel
Leslie Thomsen
Sonya Wendell
Sean Wherley



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.