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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

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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

Robert Menendez


Total cost of 43 office trips: $120,992.84


Trips by Robert Menendez
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $48,578.06

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION FORUM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,802.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,623.09
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $5,633.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,512.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU TO MAUI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: PANEL MEMBER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,927.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ TO MEXICO CITY TO MCALLEN, TX
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH NEW MEXICAN PRESIDENT AND GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,834.00
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: CHCI BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $639.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR LATINO LAW REVIEW OF HARVARD
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $449.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 29, 2001
Expense: $1,544.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE - SPEAKING ROLE
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,953.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO FT. LAUDERDALE TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,015.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $625.50
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ TO LOS ANGELES TO MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,617.00
source

Destination: W. PALM BEACH/MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE WINTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,999.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL TO NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: US Hispanic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Date: Sep 18, 2004
Expense: $521.73
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,883.34
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Menendez

Amitabha Bose
James Datri
Steven Feldgus
Michael Hutton
Andrew Kauders
Jessica Lewis
Kay Licausi
Lauren Lyons
Maria Meier
Karissa Willhite



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.