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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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  • 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

Xavier Becerra


Total cost of 41 office trips: $71,621.17


Trips by Xavier Becerra
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $25,369.60

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 27, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: TRADE FORUM
Date: Jan 10, 2002
Expense: $572.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CHC HIGH TECH COMMUNITY VISIT
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.50
source

Destination: BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $729.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE CONFERENCE RESORT, LEESBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC, PHILLIP MORRIS & COCA COLA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT/COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,546.68
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD MEETING AND RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,444.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NCTA/NATIONAL ASSN. OF MINORITIES IN COMMUNICATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Sep 17, 2003
Expense: $310.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PUERTO RICO - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,788.86
source

Destination: REP. BECERRA - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO DC CAROLINA REYES - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO LA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE - THE TRANSFORMATION OF MEXICO AND US - MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,678.61
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MEXICO CITY TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: PACIFIC COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Purpose: TRANSNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PUBLIC POLICIES MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,089.94
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,745.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL AT TRADE POLICY FORUM
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $410.40
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: $425-THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE/$500-BECERRA FOR CONGRESS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO PUERTO RICO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: NALEO BOARD MEMBER RETREAT *CHILDREN TRAVELED AT MEMBER'S EXPENSE
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,358.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Campaign for Justice
Purpose: OPEN PROCEEDING/GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT THE ASSEMBLY ON WARTIME RELOCATION AND INTERNMENT OF CIVILIANS (AWRIC) EVENT
Date: Apr 8, 2005
Expense: $220.40
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN PARTICIPATED IN TOWN HALL MEETING ON SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: May 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $606.55
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN SPOKE AT NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE-SESSION ENTITLED "WEALTH CREATION IN LATINO COMMUNITIES" ON 7/19
Date: Jul 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $605.76
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Xavier Becerra

Krista Atteberry
Debra Dixon
Jeff Donarski
Katrina Gonzales
Denise Lee
Elisa Montoya
Joel Najar
Cindy Panuco
Wendy Ramirez
Arshi Siddiqui



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.