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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.
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Office of

Adam Smith


Total cost of 49 office trips: $115,698.06


Trips by Adam Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $43,591.92

Destination: PHOENIX; SEDONA AZ
Sponsor: Qwest Communications International Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING RE: BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,596.47
source

Destination:
Sponsor: BOEING CO, MICROSOFT CORP WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK
Purpose: PACIFIC NORTHWEST STAFF VISIT
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,978.83
source

Destination: BEIJING, SHENZHEN AND TAIPEI, CHINA
Sponsor: ASPI GROUP AND SEATTLE PACIFIC TRADING CO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $9,887.92
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,093.96
source

Destination: MICROSOFT CAMPUS
Sponsor: COLUMBIA RESEARCH GROUP
Purpose: MEET N' GREET
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $690.00
source

Destination: HONDURAS
Sponsor: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
Purpose: EXAMINE THE SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL POVERTY SUCH AS MICROCREDIT AND TO DISCUSS THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF CAFTA WITH PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AMERICA
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,713.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY TO BRING TOGETHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS, SCHOLARS, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION OF PRESSING ISSUES FACING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,006.34
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND TO PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,107.20
source

Destination: SEATTLE TO ASPEN
Sponsor: THE ASPEN INSTITUTE & THE DLC
Purpose: EXAMINE THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF GOOD LEADERSHIP AND APPLY THEM TO SPECIFIC REAL WORLD CHALLENGES AMERICA IS FACING IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,313.20
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND TO TOKYO, JAPAN TO NAGOYA, JAPAN TO SEATTLE
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY TOUR. THE TRADE AND POVERTY FORUM MOBILIZES POLITICAL WILL AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $10,205.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Adam Smith

Lars Anderson
Shana Chandler
Linda Danforth
Mark De La Iglesia
Brandon Hall
Jason Henning
John Mulligan
Hun Quach
Jordan Triplett
Andrea Tull
Ali Wade
Ali Weise



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.