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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.
  • 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

Tom Lantos


Total cost of 65 office trips: $178,142.34


Trips by Tom Lantos
Total cost of congressperson's 24 trips: $81,313.20

Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA; RIGA, LATVIA; TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: SURVIVORS OF THE SHOAH VISUAL HISTORY FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONG. LANTOS OPENED THE SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM, "THE LAS IN WHICH HIS IS PROFILED AS A HUNGARIAN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR & HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST.
Date: Jan 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,011.76
source

Destination: BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER, US-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $967.78
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Museum of Jewish Heritage
Purpose: CONG. LANTOS WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE LIVING MEMORIAL TO THE HOLOCAUST DINNER
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,167.20
source

Destination: BUDAPEST-COPENHAGEN-VIENNA
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: CONG. LANTOS LEAD THE DISCUSSIONS AT THE IMDI BOARD ROOM BRIEFING IN VIENNA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (17 days)
Expense: $2,200.86
source

Destination: AUBURN HILLS, MI
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: SPRING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (CONG. LANTOS IS A BOARD MEMBER)
Date: May 8, 2000
Expense: $545.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - NASHVILLE/NASHVILLE - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Cumberland University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY GALA EVENT
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,760.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AIPAC EVENT
Date: Jun 26, 2000
Expense: $570.21
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - SAN FRANCISCO - MONTEREY - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Guardian Industries Corporation
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES LEADERSHIP MEETING
Date: Jul 28, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,212.22
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH DANISH BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,245.10
source

Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - HELSINKI, FINLAND; COPENHAGEN - NEW YORK
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE WITH FINNISH BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Aug 24, 2000 (12 days)
Expense: $909.20
source

Destination: SINGAPORE - CHINA
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH SINGAPOREAN AND CHINESE BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,866.20
source

Destination: MADRID, SPAIN
Sponsor: RUSSIAN JEWISH CONGRESS
Purpose: MEET WITH SPANISH GOVT. OFFICIALS ABOUT THE ARREST OF VLADIMIR GOSINSKY
Date: Dec 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,166.98
source

Destination: DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U.S. - GERMAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $12,802.20
source

Destination: PROVO, UTAH - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Brigham Young University
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT SPRING 2001 GRADUATION
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,609.91
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U OF M BUSINESS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $1,149.63
source

Destination: COPENHAGEN, DENMARK-OSLO, NORWAY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN IMDI BOARD ROOM BRIEFINGS
Date: May 25, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $2,495.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-COPENHAGEN, DENMARK-NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: REBILD SOCIETY
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT REBILD SOCIETY 4TH OF JULY EVENT
Date: Jul 1, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,996.60
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO
Sponsor: Guardian Industries Corporation
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH MAJORITY LEADER OF CA STATE ASSEMBLY
Date: Jul 14, 2001
Expense: $607.50
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-ANN ARBOR, MI-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,353.26
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - BERLIN, GERMANY - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $16,301.51
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AIPAC CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,782.02
source

Destination: TETERBORO, NJ-NEW HAVEN, CT-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT ANNUAL HERBERT WALKER SERIES AT YALE UNIVERSITY
Date: Oct 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $935.19
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $925.29
source

Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $732.08
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Lantos

David Abremowitz
Ryan Aiken
Nisha Desai
Margery Farrar
Ben Hansen
Hans Hogrefe
Megan Holmes
Kay King
Robert King
David Lee
David Lic
Don Macdonald
Keith O'neil
Paul Oostburg Sanz
Rudolf Rohonyi
Jason Rosenstock
Evelyn Szelenyi
Marilyn Wacks
Chris Walker



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.