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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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    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.

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

John Cornyn


Total cost of 46 office trips: $114,288.63


Trips by John Cornyn
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $62,749.99

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Coalition
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL RJC CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $5,200.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNOUNCEMENT CEREMONY FOR NEW TOYOTA MANUFACTURING PLANT IN SAN ANTONIO
Date: Feb 10, 2003
Expense: $2,966.25
source

Destination: LAREDO, TX
Sponsor: WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE CEREMONY
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $139.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: DALLAS PRAYER BREAKFAST
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $89.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: ATTENDED THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE'S CONGRESS AND THE ECONOMY PROGRAM
Date: May 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,911.88
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TEXAS AND ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 10, 2003
Expense: $2,236.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: Pilgrim's Pride
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Date: Oct 20, 2003
Expense: $2,446.00
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, AGRA, AND HYDERABAD, INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $13,818.89
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS REVIEW OF LAW AND POLITICS
Purpose: SPEAK TO TEXAS REVIEW OF LAW AND POLITICS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,442.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: LARRY BENSON, LP INVESTMENTS
Purpose: PORTRAIT HANGING AT ST. MARY'S LAW SCHOOL AND SPEAK AT CENTER FOR TERRORISM LAW OPENING
Date: Apr 2, 2004
Expense: $756.69
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: PATRICK KENNEDY JR
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE TRINITY UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT
Date: May 15, 2004
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: Texas Council for the Humanities
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE INSTITUTE ON CONGRESS AND AMERICAN HISTORY
Date: Jun 13, 2004
Expense: $209.34
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 12, 2004
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: GIVE REMARKS TO THE AIPAC SENATE CLUB (PART OF THE AIPAC NATIONAL SUMMIT)
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $743.40
source

Destination: ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Stanford Financial Group Co
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY FACT-FINDING MISSION HOSTED BY CONSTITUENT COMPANY WITH SUBSTANTIAL OPERATIONS ON SITE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $7,441.00
source

Destination: HILDALGO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Borderfest
Purpose: RECEIVE 2005 BORDER TEXAN OF THE YEAR AWARD AND SPEECH
Date: Mar 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $22,000.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Cornyn

Katherine Bloemendal
Spencer Chambers
Beth Jafari
Tiffany Kebodeaux
Robert Kincaid
Peter Olson
Russell Thomasson
Josh Winegarner
Matt Winslow



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.