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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

Sue Kelly


Total cost of 31 office trips: $68,744.23


Trips by Sue Kelly
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $35,715.63

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: TO VISIT FIRMS IN THE HIGH TECH CORRIDOR
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,299.06
source

Destination: DC/ALBANY/LAKE GEORGE, NY
Sponsor: NAT'L ASSOCIATION OF MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANIES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $768.04
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN 2003 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $18,650.40
source

Destination: FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: DOH
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Purpose: ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON DEMOCRACY AND FREE TRADE IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,854.70
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: TO ATTEND FIFTH ANNUAL FORUM ON FREE TRADE AND DEMOCRACY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK/CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chicago Board Options Exchange
Purpose: TO HAVE A FIRSTHAND LOOK AT HOW THE MARKETS OPERATE, TOUR THE TRADING FLOORS AND MEET WITH TRADERS AND OTHER MARKET PARTICIPANTS
Date: Apr 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,335.04
source

Destination:
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBERS EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO THE EXCHANGE
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $34.09
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHILADELPHIA - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL LISTENING TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA, PA
Date: Sep 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,236.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sue Kelly

Nich Curran
Amy Forshew
Alfred Garesche
Michael Giuliani
Steve Hall
Carolyn Holmes
Mike Mc Eleney
Michael Mceleney
Ann Potter



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.