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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.

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Office of

Phil Gingrey


Total cost of 28 office trips: $62,699.83


Trips by Phil Gingrey
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $31,801.06

Destination: WV
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003
Expense: $1,751.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $9,716.84
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 18, 2004
Expense: $456.70
source

Destination: DCA
Sponsor: American Academy of Dermatology Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 8, 2004
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: DCA
Sponsor: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 1, 2004
Expense: $98.00
source

Destination: DCA - ATL
Sponsor: Delta Air Lines Inc
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 21, 2004
Expense: $229.10
source

Destination: LAKE CHARLES
Sponsor: Charles Boustany for Congress
Purpose:
Date: Aug 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,197.02
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose:
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,035.40
source

Destination: ATL - TAIWAN - REPUBLIC OF CHINA - DCA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATION VISIT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $14,500.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA-JACKSONVILLE, AMELIA ISLAND-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: GTMA: ASSOCIATION OF GA'S TEXTILE, CARPET AND CONSUMER PRODUCTS MANUFACTURERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,482.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Phil Gingrey

Todd Coons
Robert Herriott
Mitch Hunter
Jonathan Osborne
David Oxner
Brian Robinson
Joshua Waller



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.