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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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    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.
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    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

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Office of

Peter Defazio


Total cost of 36 office trips: $81,675.31


Trips by Peter Defazio
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $28,215.73

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,417.93
source

Destination: BOAT TRIP THRU PARTS OF ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF TONGAES NH FOREST
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,207.88
source

Destination: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN MAUI HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES DISCUSSION W/ INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,257.00
source

Destination: EUGENE-KONA-PDX
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF CURRENT AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,319.32
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-EUGENE
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF AVIATION SECURITY POST SEPT. 11TH
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,217.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: United States - New Zealand Council
Purpose: US-NZ TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $2,746.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NTL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB & WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ON OIL DRILLING, ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,902.13
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Purpose: SPOKE TO NATCA CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $148.47
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Defazio

Lisa Cohen
Penny Dodge
David Dreher
Katherine Eastman
Kristine Greco
Amelia Jenkins
Ven Neralla
Thomas Vinson
Katherine Weatherly Dedrick



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.