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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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  • 09.10.14

    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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  • 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

David Wu


Total cost of 19 office trips: $56,188.71


Trips by David Wu
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $28,450.25

Destination: PHILLY TO DC
Sponsor: ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE SCHOOLS & NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHINESE LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Purpose: SPEECH TO GROUPS' ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $787.60
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,281.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI-HONGKONG
Sponsor: CHINESE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (80%); H & Q ASIA PACIFIC (20%)
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Apr 13, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,362.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-FT LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,994.62
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,892.10
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: Global Alliance for Democracy & Peace
Purpose: GADP NATIONAL CONFERENCE-SPEECH
Date: Nov 1, 2003
Expense: $1,863.50
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND HARVARD HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,838.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FT. LAUDERDALE-DC
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HARVARD HEALTHCARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,844.03
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Wu

Holly Armstrong
Brian Branton
Ted Liu
William Miner
Julie Tippens



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.