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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

  • 09.17.14

    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

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Office of

James Moran


Total cost of 38 office trips: $106,638.46


Trips by James Moran
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $43,531.49

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American International Group Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST (MOROCCO, TUNISIA, ALGERIA & EGYPT)
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,946.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $856.60
source

Destination: HYDE PARK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose:
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: CONFERENCE "PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN THE AMERICAS
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,615.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC-NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $444.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF NATO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Destination: MIDDLE EAST
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $7,878.09
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,758.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: TECH ISSUES. NET/KEY3 MEDIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A SPEAKER AT A TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC POLICY PRIVACY PANEL
Date: Apr 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,083.00
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: ANNUAL SPRING MTNG: TO DISCUSS TRADE, SECURITY, INTERNET ISSUES & US/EU PARTNERSHIP IN CURRENT ADMIN.
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,299.00
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,052.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE RESORT, LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: ANNUAL PRIVACY RETREAT
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $575.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: MEETING TO DISCUSS "THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE"
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $609.31
source

Destination: ISTANBUL - VIA NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: INAUGURAL VISIT BY TURKISH CAUCUS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,565.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,670.99
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Moran

Timothy Aiken
Darius Henderson
Melissa Koloszar
Renee Mcdonald
Jennifer Park
Paul Reagan



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.