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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

Tim Johnson


Total cost of 56 office trips: $122,144.95


Trips by Tim Johnson
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $37,010.06

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,348.00
source

Destination: PAKISTAN
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: VISITING AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESS OPERATING IN PAKISTAN AND MEETING WITH PAKISTANI OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN TO PAKISTAN AND THE UNITED STATES
Date: Jan 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,030.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH BEFORE THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS AND TO ATTEND ITS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,400.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR THE CONNELL COMPANY'S SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,214.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,333.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $771.86
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,393.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tim Johnson

Mara Baer
Cynthia Bartel
Patrick Benton
Sharon Boysen
Naomi Camper
Elizabeth Canter
Sonja Dean
Dwight Fettig
Susan Hansen
Adam Healy
Meredith Hughes
Danna Jackson
Ian Marquardt
Kenneth Martin
Paul Nash
Alfred Samuelson
Drey Samuelson
Frank Scamlon
Mitchell Stewart
Todd Stubbendieck
Matthew Thomblad
David Toomey
Elli Wicks
Esther Zoss



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.