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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.

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Office of

Nita Lowey


Total cost of 31 office trips: $95,001.20


Trips by Nita Lowey
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $66,675.25

Destination: NAPLES, FLA.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,129.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRIT. COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. - CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 28, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,532.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE N. MEX
Sponsor: Hearst Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH AT WOMEN BUSINESS EXES. CONFER.
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,115.21
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONG. WOMEN'S CAUCUS LUNCHEON AT THE U.N.
Date: Apr 15, 2002
Expense: $50.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLA.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,369.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: US-CUBA RELATIONS; POLICY
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,408.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S./CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,997.72
source

Destination: GRAND EXVAM ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S. POLICY IN SOUTH AMERICA
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $6,344.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $8,113.20
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (16 days)
Expense: $15,809.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Nita Lowey

Clare Coleman
Jean Doyle
Eric Feldman
Christopher Kukla
Matthew Traub
Beth Tritter
Katherine Winkler



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.