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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

Charles Gonzalez


Total cost of 45 office trips: $73,606.33


Trips by Charles Gonzalez
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $17,814.49

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,223.44
source

Destination:
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: MEETING ON EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $304.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TELECOM POLICY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,724.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2005 INTERNATIONAL CES TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,111.14
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-DETROIT-SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,606.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SARASOTA-SAN ANTONIO (DISTRICT)
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,801.31
source

Destination: HOUSTON TX
Sponsor: Greater Houston Partnership
Purpose: GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP 2005 TX CONGRESSIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Feb 28, 2005
Expense: $202.40
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: POLICY SUMMIT
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $592.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Gonzalez

Greg Davis
Rosemary Garza
Kevin Kimble
Adrian Saenz
Stephanie Smith
Anthony Zaffirini



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.