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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

Fortney Stark


Total cost of 15 office trips: $48,898.67


Trips by Fortney Stark
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $43,657.65

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,696.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,504.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEDICAL PROVIDERS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,822.50
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,683.63
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,196.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,373.00
source

Destination: SAVANNAH, GA
Sponsor: PATHOLOGY SERVICES ASSOCIATES
Purpose: SPEECH FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $6,300.04
source

Destination: LONDON-MUNICH-FRANKFURT
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $14,270.68
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE CHALLENGE OF EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,811.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Fortney Stark

Debra Curtis
Andrea Salinas
Chad Shearer



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.