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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.

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

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    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

Ralph Regula


Total cost of 30 office trips: $91,093.50


Trips by Ralph Regula
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,142.16

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. - RUSSIAN RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,951.20
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,372.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,817.26
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C./MIAMI, FLORIDA; CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,684.34
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZ
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,832.00
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: American Gas Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO AGA PUBLIC AFFAIRS & MARKETING FORUM
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $848.72
source

Destination: UNION STATION, NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: Edmond J Safra Philanthropic Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH AT DEDICATION OF SAFRA SYNAGOGUE, N.Y., N.Y.
Date: Dec 5, 2002
Expense: $452.00
source

Destination: DCA - MONTEGO BAY - CLEVELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR/CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,924.80
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEX.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,188.02
source

Destination: CANCUN MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,425.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES - LOS ANGELES - CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sponsor: BROAD FOUNDATION
Purpose: 2005 STRATEGIC ADVISORY RETREAT W/ NATIONAL EDUCATION LEADERS TO DISCUSS FUTURE INVESTMENT
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,646.02
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ralph Regula

Viquar Ahmad
Karen Buttaro
Susan Firth
Jason Grove
Rick Limardo
Lori Rowley
Connie Veillette



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.