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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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  • 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.
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    The troubled history of vocational education

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  • 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

Norman Dicks


Total cost of 24 office trips: $80,944.74


Trips by Norman Dicks
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $71,147.73

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,171.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS ANNUAL AEL-CIO MARITIME TRADES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,644.90
source

Destination: DC-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: STEVEDORING SERVICES OF AMERICA
Purpose: SECURITY CONCERNS OF CANAL AREA, REVERTED LAND FROM U.S. MILITARY-PORT DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,603.10
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,913.36
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT FOR DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO STIMULATE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: SEATTLE-LOS ANGELES-DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON GLOBAL HAWK, EA6B, B2 AND FIRE SCOUT PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $702.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,035.45
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMITT DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,889.90
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: BRIEFING AND TOUR OF C-17 AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PROTECTION SYSTEM. TOUR OF AF SATELLITE PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,117.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: PALMDALE, CA FOR BRIEFINGS ON B-2 PROGRAM, GLOBAL HAWK E10 PROGRAM-SPACE PARK-EL SEGUNDO FOR BRIEFINGS ON CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,234.65
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MANZANILLO, MEXICO-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SSA MARINE INC
Purpose: TO OBSERVE OPERATIONS & EFFICIENCIES OF SSA, MARINE, INC MARINE & RAIL TERMINALS IN OVERSEAS PORTS. SSA MARINE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATION OF PORTS OF TACOMA & PORT ANGELES. BRIEFINGS PROVIDED SSA OFFICIALS EMPHASIZED DIFFERENT PERSONNEL & INFRASTRUCTURE R
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,390.73
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,925.68
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Raydon Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CONFERENCE TO VIEW CONVOY TRAINEES, UP-ARMORED HMMWV TRAINERS, TABLETOP TRAINER & VIRTUAL SOLDIER AND TRAINERS FOR THE ABRAMS & BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $985.41
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA - LAS VEGAS, NV - DC
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO EXECUTIVE BOARD TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $755.87
source

Destination: NYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $17,382.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Norman Dicks

Kurt Beckett
Alyson Daly
Andrew Hunter
Colin Sheldon
Lesley Turner



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.