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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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

Stephanie Tubbs Jones


Total cost of 91 office trips: $130,578.20


Trips by Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Total cost of congressperson's 60 trips: $85,046.16

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE-NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE & MERRILL LYNCH
Purpose: FRESHMAN DEMOCRATIC CLASS
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,486.00
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY & SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SELMA & MONTGOMERY'S CONVENTION & VISITORS BNAM
Purpose: SEMINAR 35TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH
Date: Mar 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $552.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Purpose: PANELIST-SPEAKER-WOMEN DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
Date: Mar 20, 2000
Expense: $562.00
source

Destination: MYSTIC CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: REVISIT THE AMISTAD
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,794.36
source

Destination: FROM HARTFORD TO CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Cuyahoga County Democratic Party
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Mar 26, 2000
Expense: $244.50
source

Destination: DOVER, DELAWARE-CLEVELAND/BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Delaware State University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $390.00
source

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS-BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: ANNUAL SEMINAR WITH GERMANY PARLIAMENT
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,205.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,450.00
source

Destination: WASH DC-NY-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CBC VISIT TO NY STOCK EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,010.00
source

Destination: CLEVE-CINCINNATI-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: National Association of Colored Women's Clubs Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Aug 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $356.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: California Democratic Party
Purpose: CBC MEETING
Date: Oct 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $485.00
source

Destination: CLEVE-NY-MONTEGO BAY-NY-DC
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,968.33
source

Destination: DC-DAYTON, OH-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Black Advisory Council on Social Security
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Nov 17, 2000
Expense: $817.00
source

Destination: CLEVE-MONTGOMERY, AL-DC
Sponsor: MONTGOMERY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Purpose: 45TH ANNIVERSARY BUS BOYCOTT
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,146.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: CLE-NY-DC
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: NON SPEC
Date: Mar 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $615.00
source

Destination: DC-DALLAS, TX-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,747.05
source

Destination: DC-KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING ISSUES RETREAT
Date: May 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,193.58
source

Destination: MIAMI-BATON ROUGE-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
Purpose: KEYNOTE/COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Date: May 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,551.00
source

Destination: DC-HOUSTON-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,968.00
source

Destination: VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Todo Puerto Rico Con Vieques
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO MILITARY USE OF VIEQUES AS A TESTING SITE
Date: Jul 12, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $4,284.00
source

Destination: GRENADA
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,658.00
source

Destination: DC-COLUMBUS-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: United Negro College Fund
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: DC-DAYTON, OH-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyer's Project
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 14, 2001
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: WASH-KUALA LUMPUR-LANGKAWI-KUALA LUMPUR-WASH
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose:
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Destination: DC - DETROIT - CLEVE
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $908.00
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: DETROIT METROPOLITAN BAPTIST CHURCH
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $490.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND-LAS VEGAS-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: University of Nevada
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $725.00
source

Destination: EGYPT - ETHIOPIA
Sponsor: Basic Education Coalition
Purpose: TO EXAMINE BASIC AND GIRLS EDUCATION
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $6,507.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMITT
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $295.42
source

Destination: DC-INDIANAPOLIS-CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $988.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS/COMBIA, SC
Sponsor: University of Memphis
Purpose: PANELIST FOR BENJAMIN HOOKS INSTITUTE
Date: Mar 21, 2003
Expense: $1,233.00
source

Destination: Cleveland, Orlando, DC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: Panelist/Housing Summitt
Date: Mar 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,054.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jul 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $758.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC/NEW YORK/CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Elmcor Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Sep 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $640.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT/CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MEETING
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,566.51
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC/NASSAU, BAHAMMAS/CLEVELAND OH
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: Cleveland - Willamsburg, VA - Cleveland
Sponsor: Stuart Educational Leadership Group
Purpose: Keynote Speaker, 18th National Black Student Leadership Conference
Date: Jan 9, 2004
Expense: $1,285.40
source

Destination: D.C.; Charlotte; New Orleans; D.C.
Sponsor: United Way Services of Central California
Purpose: Keynote Speaker, African American Leadership Initiative
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $424.50
source

Destination: Charlotte, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: Keynote Speaker, Annual Founders Day Ceremony
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: Washington DC, Boston, New York
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: Wash, DC - Cancun - Havanna - Wash, DC
Sponsor: ARCA Foundation, Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: Fact Finding Trip on issues affecting Cuba
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,351.73
source

Destination: Wash DC - Milwaukee - Cleveland
Sponsor: Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers
Purpose: Keynote Speaker
Date: Apr 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $470.00
source

Destination: Cleveland - Miami - Cleveland
Sponsor: 100 Black Men of America and affiliates
Purpose: Panelist/Town Hall Meeting
Date: Jun 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $466.90
source

Destination: Cleveland - St Kitts - Nevis - Cleveland
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: Keynote Speaker, Caribbean Multi- National Business Coference
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: Wash DC - Naples, IL - Cleveland, OH
Sponsor: American Shipbuilding Association
Purpose: Congressional Workshop
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,440.94
source

Destination: Cleveland - Pheonix - San Fransisco
Sponsor: Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: Keynote Speaker
Date: Dec 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA, ST. JOHNS ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $5,043.33
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $555.35
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: MEDIA PURPOSES
Date: Feb 25, 2005
Expense: $1,533.38
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-HOUSTON, TX-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: Baylor University
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $877.08
source

Destination: BWI BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: National Bar Association Inc
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER (MCLEAN, VA)
Date: Apr 2, 2005
Expense: $179.00
source

Destination: CLEVELAND, OH-LAS VEGAS, NV-WASHINGTON, DC-CLEVELAND, OH-LAS VEGAS, NV-CLEVELAND, OH
Sponsor: United Steelworkers of America
Purpose: SPEAKER
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,441.02
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL-ATLANTA, GA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CompuCredit Corporation
Purpose: EXECUTIVE BUSINESS MEETING
Date: Apr 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,046.52
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILL
Sponsor: Chicago Bar Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER-COOK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 91ST ANNUAL AWARDS INSTALLATION BANQUET
Date: Jun 10, 2005
Expense: $329.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS-THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION
Date: Jun 11, 2005
Expense: $202.20
source

Destination: TUNICA, MS
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: SESSIONS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY AND VIEWS ON ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION OF PARTICULAR
Date: Aug 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $387.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Jorge Castro
Nikia Graster
Melvenia Gueye
Tannaz Haddadi
Betty Pinkney
Rodney Pulliam
Anthony Quinn
Shashrina Thomas
Dan Weinheimer
Patrice Willoughby



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.