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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.

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

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    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

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    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

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Office of

Howard Coble


Total cost of 80 office trips: $161,355.07


Trips by Howard Coble
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $56,688.51

Destination: CASABLANCA, RABAT, MARRAKECH MOROCCO AND LAAYOUNE, WESTERN SAHARA
Sponsor: US-Morocco Affairs Council
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ALONG WITH OFFICIALS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS TO DISCUSS MUTUAL US-MOROCCO ISSUES.
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,754.09
source

Destination: GREENSBORO, NC TO WILMINGTON, NC TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE N.C. BROADCASTERS ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jul 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $735.50
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: TO ATTEND ACPA ANNUAL MEETING AND DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING THE AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRY.
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,334.66
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER CLOSING REMARKS AT FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, "MANAGINGIP ASSETS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM"
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,988.25
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING ON ISSUES AFFECTING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,058.50
source

Destination: BOLTON LANDING, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Copyright Society of America
Purpose: SPEECH AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF COPYRIGHT GROUP TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVEISSUES INVOLVING COPYRIGHT
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.00
source

Destination: EDINBURGH,SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO ATTEND 2001 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE IN SCOTLAND
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $7,037.33
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ACPA
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,676.41
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Association
Purpose: SPEECH TO COLLOQUIUM ON PATENT PENDENCY REDUCTION
Date: Nov 16, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $6,514.54
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SOCIETY
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE IIPS BOARD MEETING AND SYMPOSIUM
Date: Mar 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $847.11
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND; DOHA, QATAR; LISBON, PORTUGAL
Sponsor: ISLAMIC INSTITUTE AND QATAR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: TO ATTEND QATARI-AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $9,325.04
source

Destination: WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEECH TO BROADCASTERS ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,088.96
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY AND LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE AND CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,720.00
source

Destination: COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND - LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL TRADE SYMPOSIUM IN IRELAND. ALSO ATTENDED RIPON EDUCATIONAL FUND TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. SEPARATE REPORT FIELD ON THAT TRIP
Date: Aug 3, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,322.72
source

Destination: COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND - LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO ATTEND RIPON EDUCATIONAL FUND TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE IN LONDON, ENGLAND. ALSO ATTENDED INTERNATIONAL TRADE SYMPOSIUM IN IRELAND. SEPARATE REPORT FILED ON THAT TRIP
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,339.40
source

Destination: ST. PAUL, MN
Sponsor: Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M) Co
Purpose: TO TOUR 3M'S FACILITY TO DISCUSS ISSUES IMPACTING THE COMPANY'S ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY FIELDS AND TO OBSERVE IN OPERATION EQUIPMENT THAT 3M MANUFACTURERS IN THESE AREAS.
Date: Dec 12, 2003
Expense: $907.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Howard Coble

Sarah Birch
Robbie Boone
Missy Branson
Amanda Hamilton
Chris Katopis
Nancy Mazza
Ed Mcdonald
Blaine Merritt
Andrew Moretl
Anna Sagely
Jane Scott



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.