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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

Joseph Knollenberg


Total cost of 39 office trips: $101,815.41


Trips by Joseph Knollenberg
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $16,646.27

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Baltic American Freedom League
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER TO ACCEPT BALTIC FREEDOM AWARD
Date: Mar 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $882.42
source

Destination: DETROIT-CHICAGO-DCA
Sponsor: Allstate Insurance Co
Purpose: SPEECH & TOUR
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,397.47
source

Destination: DETROIT-MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 2, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $149.17
source

Destination: DCA-KNOXVILLE TN-DETROIT
Sponsor: East Tennessee Economic Council
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL-TOUR OF OAKRIDGE NAT'L LABORATORY
Date: Jun 16, 2000
Expense: $813.50
source

Destination: DETROIT TO TRAVERSE CITY
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: MAB ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SPEAKER
Date: Aug 12, 2000
Expense: $365.00
source

Destination: DC-GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,084.40
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.00
source

Destination: BUDEPEST
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,217.31
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Joseph Knollenberg

Craig Albright
Megan Barnhart
Julianne Gade
Aloysius Hogan
Juli Huynh
Jeff Onizuk
Megan Thomson
Paul Welday



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.