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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

Frank Pallone


Total cost of 43 office trips: $80,515.07


Trips by Frank Pallone
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $39,948.45

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEECH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,871.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: SPEECH AND LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,868.06
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: SPEECH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $836.50
source

Destination: BANGOR, MAINE
Sponsor: PENOBSCOT AND PASSAMAGUODDY TRIBES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 13, 2001
Expense: $843.50
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,003.74
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE PADMA BHUSHAN AWARD
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,896.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $704.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: VIRGO PUBLISHING & NOW FOODS & RECALL SON DOWN
Purpose: SPEECH AT EXPOSITION
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $958.81
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: INDIAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP COUNCIL/INDIA ASSOCIATION OF NORTH TEXAS
Purpose: HONORED GUEST AT INDIA REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION
Date: Jan 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,360.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: VIRGO PUBLISHING & AMERICAN INGREDIENTS
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,455.98
source

Destination: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $510.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: NATIONAL TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $148.50
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,976.95
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, MINNEAPOLIS
Sponsor: National Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKERS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: CYPRUS
Sponsor: Pancyprian Association of America
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INTERNATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE JUSTICE FOR CYPRUS (PSEKA) CONVENTION
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,312.00
source

Destination: UNCASVILLE, CT
Sponsor: MOHEGAN TRIBE
Purpose: USET (UNITED SOUTH EAST TRIBES) CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $825.91
source

Destination: TORONTO, CANADA
Sponsor: Congress of Canadian Armenians
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $528.00
source

Destination: EUREKA CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: HOOPA TRIBE & CABAZON BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
Purpose: TOUR OF HOOPA RESERVATION
Date: Dec 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $969.50
source

Destination: MUMBAI, INDIA
Sponsor: ASIAN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY
Purpose: TO PROMOTE US-INDIA ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND TO RECEIVE AN AWARD FROM THE INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,350.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Pallone

Jennifer Cannata
Jeffrey Carroll
Robert Clark
Eric Gordon
Kathy Kulkarni
Jessica Lenard
Raffi Vartian
Tim Yehl
Heather Zichal



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.