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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

Thomas Petri


Total cost of 37 office trips: $49,039.34


Trips by Thomas Petri
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $19,303.95

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,078.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK TO LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000
Expense: $748.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Public Transportation Association
Purpose: ATTEND APTA CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 2, 2001
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: Century Business Services Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT SEMINAR WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE SECTOR ON FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDING AND REAUTHORIZATION OF TEA 21
Date: Apr 22, 2002
Expense: $321.00
source

Destination: COOPERSTOWN, NY
Sponsor: Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL RAILROAD ISSUES
Date: Jul 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: University of Utah
Purpose: SPEAK AT POLITICAL SCIENCE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $539.78
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Sponsor: Associated General Contractors and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ABOUT TEA 21 REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Feb 8, 2003
Expense: $391.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAJOLLA, CA TO DENVER, CO
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,027.63
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Bicycle Leadership Conference
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,286.33
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-JACKSONVILLE, FLA.-MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: TO ADDRESS RSI CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 14, 2004
Expense: $839.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Nov 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $8,343.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON KID'S ACCOUNTS-A PLATFORM FOR FINANCIAL SECURITY
Date: Dec 3, 2004
Expense: $342.95
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: U.S. - FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,085.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Petri

Tom Adair
David Anderson
Katie Birschbach
Debra Gebhardt
Sue Kerkman-Jung
Richard Markowitz
Patrick Mullane
Paul Trempe



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.