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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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  • 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.

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

Dennis Kucinich


Total cost of 55 office trips: $65,138.75


Trips by Dennis Kucinich
Total cost of congressperson's 44 trips: $43,166.71

Destination: NY CITY
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose:
Date: Jan 12, 1998 (1 day)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Viacom Inc
Purpose: APPEAR AT A COMEDY FORUM IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Federation of Government Employees
Purpose: SPEECH BEFORE NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 27, 2000
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: University of Texas
Purpose: SPEECH & PANEL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $670.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: SPEECH & PANEL SEMINAR
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $920.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Eath Day 2000
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 24, 2000
Expense: $1,109.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Purpose: WEB/TELEVISION INTERVIEW
Date: Apr 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,605.00
source

Destination: SPEECH BEFORE CONVENTION (KEYNOTE)
Sponsor: NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Sep 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $283.25
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 12, 2000
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, LOUISVILLE KY
Sponsor: EarthSave
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $128.80
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, NEW YORK CITY, WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Directors Guild of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,774.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, MARQUETTE, MICH.
Sponsor: Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jan 17, 2001
Expense: $1,083.00
source

Destination: LOUISVILLE
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose:
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $682.39
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC (PROVIDED A CAR)
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $50.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, LA, WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,769.00
source

Destination: VANCOUVER
Sponsor: COUNCIL OF CANADIANS
Purpose:
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,095.60
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, NYC, DC
Sponsor: Institute for Policy Studies
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Oct 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $921.05
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARIANS FOR GLOBAL ACTION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,167.10
source

Destination: GW CAMPUS
Sponsor: Judicial Watch
Purpose: CAR RIDE TO INTERVIEW
Date: Feb 5, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $368.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,118.74
source

Destination: NEWARK
Sponsor: New Jersey Peace Action
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 21, 2002
Expense: $439.00
source

Destination: WASH DC-SEATTLE WA.-EUGENE OR.-CLEVELAND OH.
Sponsor: WESTERN STATES CAUCUS, EUGENE CHILDRENS PEACE ACEDEMY
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $836.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND - LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $549.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS - DUBROVNIK, CROROTA - CLEVELAND
Sponsor: PRAXIS PEACE INSTITUTE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS, CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $5,958.16
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,219.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: EarthSave
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 22, 2002
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND - NYC - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN REPORT FOUNDERS GROUP
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 15, 2002
Expense: $737.00
source

Destination: DETROIT - NYC
Sponsor: Global Renaissance Allia
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $544.00
source

Destination: P.O.D.-ATLANTA, GA DESTINATION-GREAT FALLS, MT RETURN-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: THE MONTANA HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,198.64
source

Destination: SEATTLE/TACOMA, WA
Sponsor: AMERICA IN SOLIDARITY/PIERCE COUNTY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $983.79
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: Peace Alliance Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $794.18
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Unity on the River
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $613.56
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Ethical Society of St Louis
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 3, 2005
Expense: $383.80
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-LOS ANGELES, CA-PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $384.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Unitarian Universalist Church at Shelter rock
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $671.90
source

Destination: PORTLAND, ME-BANGOR, ME
Sponsor: MAINE PEGDE'S ALLIANCE, ISLAND PEACE & JUSTICE, BANDAIN COLLEGE DEMOCRATS
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.25
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-LOS ANGELES, CA-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE & WAREHOUSE UNION LOCAL 13
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $904.20
source

Destination: ALIQUIPPA, PA
Sponsor: 4TH CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE FOR NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: May 21, 2005
Expense: $119.20
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PARLIAMENTARY NETWORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS-UN
Date: May 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $813.15
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jun 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,026.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Jain Center of Northern California
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,281.54
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Sponsor: LINN COUNTY CENTRAL DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $291.71
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ALBANY, NY-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: Kushi Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Jul 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $807.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Dennis Kucinich

Souheila Al-Jadda
Jaron Bourke
Martin Gelfand
Arun Ivatury
Michael Oswalt
Auke Piersma
Kathie Scarrah
Samantha Spinney



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.