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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

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Office of

Debbie Stabenow


Total cost of 29 office trips: $48,132.83


Trips by Debbie Stabenow
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $33,946.05

Destination: THOMAS EDISON INN, PORT HURON, MI
Sponsor: Business and Professional Women
Purpose: BANQUET SPEAKER
Date: Mar 18, 2000
Expense: $98.64
source

Destination: GRAND HOTEL, MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PANEL SPEAKER
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $917.90
source

Destination: GAYLORD, MI
Sponsor: North Central Council of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $82.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,630.00
source

Destination: ALPENA, MI / TRAVERSE CITY, MI / LANSING, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY
Purpose: TO KEYNOTE MICHIGAN ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 16, 2001
Expense: $855.63
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: New Democrat Network
Purpose: ATTEND A 2002 NEW DEMOCRAT NETWORK EAST COAST RETREAT
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,980.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,451.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND A GENERAL POLICY SESSION
Date: Sep 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,253.26
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,511.18
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,041.00
source

Destination: MOUNT PLEASANT, MI
Sponsor: MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $595.44
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 2, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,230.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Debbie Stabenow

Patricia Bouch
Susan Glynn
Anthony Heyward
Joanne Huls
Noushin Jahanian
Kristen Knepper
David Lemmon
Alexander Lurie
Ian Whitney
Mat Young



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.