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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

Frank Lucas


Total cost of 31 office trips: $72,199.64


Trips by Frank Lucas
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $23,632.72

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER IN QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: AG COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $20.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: OLSSON, FRANK AND WEEDA, P.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jun 11, 2000
Expense: $872.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,565.16
source

Destination: OKC TO STL TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL BANKERS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 13, 2001
Expense: $1,295.50
source

Destination: ARDMORE, OK
Sponsor: Noble Foundation
Purpose: TOUR THE FACILITY WHICH CONDUCTS RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $74.99
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: REVIEW AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AFFECTING THE CROP PROTECTION INDUSTRY.
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,514.63
source

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE 2004 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $9,202.06
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: REP. LUCAS WAS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE FARM CREDIT COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING WHERE HE DISCUSSED THE FUTURE OF THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,813.29
source

Destination: OKC-CHICAGO-DC
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO STOCK EXCHANGE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT THE EXCHANGES
Date: Apr 17, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,275.09
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Lucas

Richard Blackwood
Stacey Glasscock
Marna Harris
James Luetkemeyer
Anthony Marlatt
Nicole Scott
David Thompson
Ryan Weston
Micah Zomer



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.