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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.

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

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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

    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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Office of

John Spratt


Total cost of 42 office trips: $81,663.08


Trips by John Spratt
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $19,894.03

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC - ORLANDO, FL - CHARLOTTE, NC - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: APPA'S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD/SPEECH
Date: Jun 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VA.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA-CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: SOUTH CAROLINA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (BUDGET)
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,372.02
source

Destination: ROCK HILL, SC-HILTON HEAD, SC-ROCK HILL, SC
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (TORT REFORM)
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $156.30
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: National Workforce Association (NWA)
Purpose: GEN. SESSION SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (BUDGET)
Date: Dec 7, 2003
Expense: $1,295.50
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: Global Policy Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION)
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $853.84
source

Destination: QUITO, ECUADOR-GALAPAGOS ISLANDS-QUITO, ECUADOR
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Purpose: TRIP TO VIEW TNC'S NATURAL RESOURCE AND BIO-DIVERSITY CONSERVATION WORK IN ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Date: May 28, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $13,314.37
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Spratt

Rudy Barnes
Jennifer Friedman
Joseph Harris
Robert Hopkins
Thomas Kahn
Michael Lieberman
Michael Mccord
Nicholas Miller
Dawn Myers
Jonathan Orr
Kimberly Overbeck
Antonio Santalucia
Daraka Satcher
Ashli Scott



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.