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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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    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

Wally Herger


Total cost of 63 office trips: $159,526.56


Trips by Wally Herger
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $60,810.38

Destination: MC CLOUD, CA
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL WOODS TOUR
Date: Jun 18, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,007.56
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,952.00
source

Destination: JFK, ROME
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,050.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CATS RETREAT, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $595.72
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,823.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA WOODS TOUR
Sponsor: KLAMATH ALLIANCE FOR RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL WOODS TOUR
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $895.02
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,470.00
source

Destination: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2001 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (16 days)
Expense: $12,286.16
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2002 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,092.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: RSC EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Western Watch Foundation
Purpose: WESTERN WATCH FOUNDATION POLICY FORUM
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,517.72
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: WASH; DC-DENVER, CO-SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: WESTERN WATCH/PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WEST
Purpose: PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WEST GRASSROOTS ACTION SUMMIT
Date: Sep 26, 2003
Expense: $946.48
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO ONTARIO, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,065.46
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA - SAN DIEGO, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,805.26
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO ORLANDO FL BACK TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ANNUAL CONFERENCE. CONGRESSMAN HERGER INVITED AS A SPEAKER
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,697.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO HAVANA CUBA TO SACRAMENTO CA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING, EDUCATIONAL, MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,502.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Wally Herger

Derek Harley
Daniel Maclean
John Magill
Alexander Oehler
Fran Peace
Paul Poteet
Nikki Robinson



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.