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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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    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

Tammy Baldwin


Total cost of 16 office trips: $33,525.24


Trips by Tammy Baldwin
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $30,264.91

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: KEYNOTE
Date: Jan 12, 2000
Expense: $430.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,040.81
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: LESBIAN & GAY COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER, INC.
Purpose: KEYNOTE
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $561.00
source

Destination: HARVARD UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,248.95
source

Destination: 2001 BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,155.44
source

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, UNITED NATIONS, "GROUND ZERO"
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $706.00
source

Destination: BI-PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,132.36
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION/MEMBER COMMUNICATION
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,010.55
source

Destination: FT. LAUNDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,301.16
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: FACT FINDING-EDUCATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,582.79
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-DETROIT, MI-MADISON, WI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: PANELIST; HEALTH CARE PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Apr 14, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $924.85
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tammy Baldwin

William Murat
Stacy Stordahl



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.