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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.
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Office of

John Tanner


Total cost of 33 office trips: $97,606.88


Trips by John Tanner
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $56,165.02

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: MEET W/WINN DIXIE OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Restaurant Association
Purpose: SPEECH, VISIT TRADE SHOW, MEET W/ CONSTITUENTS
Date: May 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,666.00
source

Destination: DC-PHOENIX-MEMPHIS
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,239.50
source

Destination: TAMPA - HAVANNA
Sponsor: Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING, EDUCATIONAL & PEOPLE TO PEOPLE
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,285.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - HAVANNA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: DISCUSS TRADE ISSUES W/ CUBA
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CONSERVATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.00
source

Destination: DC - JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING - UNION CITY, TN
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: FORUM ON PAYDAY ADVANCE INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,964.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON POLICY
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,170.68
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Sponsor: Cigar Association of America
Purpose: GIVE A SPEECH; MEET W/ INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Oct 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,650.19
source

Destination: MADAGASCAR-SOUTH AFRICA
Sponsor: Conservation International
Purpose: VIEW INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION PRACTICES & U.S. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $15,719.74
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHIP FORUM
Date: Jan 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,085.55
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES; PORT SECURITY, WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $13,125.34
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Tanner

Laura Becker
Randall Ford
Earnest Goule
Chad Jenkins
Philip Schuyler
Franklin Thompson
Vickie Walling



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.