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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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    A 21st-century vocational high school

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  • 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.

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

Sheila Jackson Lee


Total cost of 47 office trips: $161,386.69


Trips by Sheila Jackson Lee
Total cost of congressperson's 24 trips: $84,011.96

Destination: TRAVEL TO DALLAS - SPEAKING
Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc
Purpose: CONVENTION SPEAKING
Date: Jul 9, 2000
Expense: $83.00
source

Destination: LV - FLORIDA
Sponsor: Ford Motor Minority Dealer Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND: FORD LINCOLN MERCURY MINORITY DEALERS ASSOCIATION CONF.
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,224.53
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM HOUSTON - TO MONTGOMERY, ALA.
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: TO COMMEMORATE CIVIL RTS MARCH
Date: Mar 3, 2001
Expense: $665.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ALSTON DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Purpose: TO ATTEND WOMENS LEGISLATIVE DAY CONF.
Date: Mar 5, 2001
Expense: $251.50
source

Destination: CBC TRIP - WASHINGTON TO SAN JOSE, CA.
Sponsor: AT&T/MICROSOFT/AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: CBC TECH SUMMITT
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $747.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,667.43
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Friends of Lou Jones
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT (NO HONORARIUM)
Date: May 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,390.75
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute
Purpose:
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,338.25
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: Qatar Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE INAUGURAL CEREMONIES OF THE QATAR FOUNDATION'S "EDUCATION CITY" AND TO VISIT CAMP AL-SULAYAH IN DOHA, QATAR
Date: Oct 9, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $10,327.34
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL - NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 8, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO - HAVANA, CUBA - CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: THE INTERRELIGIOUS FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS / THE CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISIT CONSTITUENTS AT THE LATIN AMERICAN MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,579.15
source

Destination: PARIS - ALGIERS
Sponsor: FONDATION EL AMIR ABDELKADER
Purpose: TO OBSERVE THE APRIL 2004 ALGERIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, WHICH INCLUDED AN INVITATION ON OTHER INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS IN ORDER TO INSURE ORDERLY VOTING OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 6, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $9,794.89
source

Destination: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SALVADOR, BRAZIL
Sponsor: IGATES TECHNOLOGIES; PHARMA; CITIGROUP; PORT OF NEW ORLEANS; GENERAL MOTORS; COCA COLA; GLAXO SMITHKLEIN
Purpose: A FACT-FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN BUSINESSES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $8,777.45
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,402.72
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: SKINNER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Purpose: AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $860.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MIAMI - HOUSTON
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TOWN HALL MEETING; THE BLACK LATINO ALLIANCE: SHAPING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER FOR SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Oct 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $535.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY - HUNTSVILLE, AL - HOUSTON
Sponsor: OAKWOOD COLLEGE
Purpose: TO SPEAK WITH THE STUDENTS DURING THEIR WEEKLY CHAPEL REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING & THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FROM HER PERSPECTIVE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Oct 19, 2004
Expense: $660.30
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ - DETROIT, MI - HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: BLACK WOMEN'S DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THEIR ANNUAL LUNCHEON REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING & THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FROM HER PERSPECTIVE AS A MBMER OF CONGRESS
Date: Oct 22, 2004
Expense: $884.70
source

Destination: HOUSTON - MIAMI - ST. KITTS - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 9TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,305.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: State of the African American Male Initiative
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OAKLAND FORUM FOR THE STATE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $988.19
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Jan 10, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,745.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE-SRI LANKA-NEWARK
Sponsor: Communications Consortium Media Center
Purpose: TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Jan 15, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $988.73
source

Destination: D.C. TO CAIRO-3/19-TO PARIS 3/20-PARIS-EGYPT 3/25-LEAVE CAIRO
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO MAINTAIN BI-LATEST RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. & EGYPT
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,603.00
source

Destination: WASH DC TO NEW YORK, DOHA, QATAR, N'DJAMENA, CHAD
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: DOHA (ATTEND CONFERENCE ON TREE TRADE AND DEMOCRACY). CHAD (VISIT REFUGEE CAMPS; HUMANITARIAN FACT-FINDING)
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $10,142.43
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sheila Jackson Lee

Assad Akhter
Wendy Brafman
Leon Buck
Mark Carrie
Lillie Coney
Andres Dhokai
Vanessa Griddine
Rajah Manno
Ravi Sawhney
Dana Thompson
Yohannes Tsehai
James Williams
Gerald Womack



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.