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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.
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Office of

Byron Dorgan


Total cost of 78 office trips: $142,292.12


Trips by Byron Dorgan
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $17,736.56

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,832.60
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT-INTL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,840.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: ADDRESS EMPLOYEES OF CONNELL COMPANY ABOUT CURRENT LEGISLATION EVENTS IN CONGRESS AT COMPANY MEETING
Date: Mar 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $993.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Denver
Purpose: DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,726.00
source

Destination: FARGO TO BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 80 MEGAWATT WIND PROJECT DEDICATION
Date: Sep 16, 2002
Expense: $664.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,411.63
source

Destination: GRAND FORKS, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN THE AEROSPACE & DEFENSE MANUFACTURING ROUNDTABLE IN GRANDFORKS, ND
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $1,585.00
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO FARGO, ND
Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Purpose: SENATOR'S PARTICIPATION IN ENERGY LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Date: Dec 2, 2003
Expense: $345.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND MEETINGS TO DISCUSS INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $388.11
source

Destination: BISMARCK, ND TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL GUARD 95TH BRIDGE COMPANY WELCOME HOME EVENT
Date: Aug 21, 2004
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: TOUR COMCAST MEDIA CENTER TO REVIEW ADVANCEMENTS IN VIDEO ON DEMAND TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY USED TO DELIVER DIGITAL CABLE TO RURAL AREAS
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Byron Dorgan

Gabriel Adler
Jeremy Bratt
Jose Cerda
Mike Eggl
Ladeene Freimuth
Maynard Friesz
Niles Godes
Elizabeth Gore
Brian Griffin
Brian Griffith
Pam Gulleson
F Jerome Hinkle
Curtis Jabs
Nicole Kroetsch
Jim Messina
Stephanie Mohl
Brian Moran
Emmett O'keefe
Emmett Okeefe
Daphna Peled
David Roll
Lindsey Runge
Toby Short
Dale Thoranson
Bob Valeu
G Franklin Walker
Lori Way
Dan Wogsland
Ian Woodward



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.