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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.

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  • 09.17.14

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  • 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.
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Office of

Thomas Sawyer


Total cost of 22 office trips: $69,857.05


Trips by Thomas Sawyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,932.53

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,626.60
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, VENICE
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STUDY TRIP
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,394.50
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Informal Coalition
Purpose: ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.82
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,380.60
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY & SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM: THE NEW CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION"
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,169.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INFINITY HEALTHCARE INC
Purpose: ADDRESS FRONTLINES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,053.41
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,942.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Sawyer

Amy Boyle
Betsy Cuthbertson
Christine Dodd
Holly Feiock
Daniel Lucas
Joe Mcgarvey
David Toomey



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.