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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

George Voinovich


Total cost of 50 office trips: $83,652.78


Trips by George Voinovich
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $34,867.88

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,619.62
source

Destination: NAPE VALLEY CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Council of State Governments
Purpose: RECEIVING GUARDIAN OF FEDERALISM AWARD
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $842.24
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, AVENTURA FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,349.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: EEI ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $291.13
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE RESORT, AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SEMINAR
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,541.95
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETING REGARDING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $623.41
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Everglades Coalition
Purpose: ATTENDED CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER ISSUES FACING THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
Date: Jan 10, 2003
Expense: $190.61
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND SEMINARS, BRIEFINGS, ETC. ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES AND HOW TO SOLVE THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $2,673.36
source

Destination: TURNBERRY ISLE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETINGS ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,937.96
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $20,798.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of George Voinovich

Karen Bachman
Kathleen Braun
Joni Crosley
Michael Dovilla
David Gray
Joni Higgins
Ted Hollingsworth
Brian Mormino
Arie Newhouse
Amanda Nichols
Phil Park
Andrew Richardson
John Salamone
Rebecca Seidel
Tim Vandenberg
Catherine Walters
Michael Whatley
Andrew Wheeler



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.