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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

    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

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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

    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

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Office of

Nancy Pelosi


Total cost of 55 office trips: $118,165.21


Trips by Nancy Pelosi
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $13,828.35

Destination: SEAL BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR OF BOEING-SEAL BEACH FACILITY
Date: Apr 18, 2000
Expense: $579.30
source

Destination: OXFORD, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Oxford University
Purpose: LECTURER AT SEMINAR
Date: May 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,630.20
source

Destination: ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Todo Puerto Rico Con Vieques
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,929.60
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-NYC
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,844.25
source

Destination: MADRID, SPAIN-BARCELONA, SPAIN-HEIDELBERG, GERMANY/STUTTGART
Sponsor: PRIMARY: WEST START-CALSTART, CO-SPONSORS: UTC, INIBUS, BP, BALLARD, DAIMLER CHRYSLER
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HYDROGEN FUEL CELL BUS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $4,475.00
source

Destination: NYC (TETERBORO AIRPORT) TO JOHNSTOWN, PA
Sponsor: GIRL SCOUTS OF TALLUS ROCK COUNCIL (FLIGHT DONATED TO GIRL SCOUTS BY C. ROBERT KIMBALL & ASSOC.S)
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GIRL SCOUTS' ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $1,200.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Nancy Pelosi

Amador Aguillen
Carolyn Bartholomew
Caren Benjamin
Nels Benson
Daniel Bernal
Scott Boule
George Crawford
Brendan Daly
Catherine Dodd
Jerry Hartz
Cindy Jimenez
Stacy Kerr
Rebecca Levin
Lara Levison
Eddie Manansala
Mary Mccullough
Catlin O'neill
Tracie Pough
Cecile Richards
Melissa Shannon
Arshi Siddiqui
Shamina Singh
Deborah Spriggs
Jonathan Stivers
Jesse Strider
Michael Tecklenburg



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.