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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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    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.

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

Loretta Sanchez


Total cost of 42 office trips: $82,911.24


Trips by Loretta Sanchez
Total cost of congressperson's 31 trips: $61,579.89

Destination: DC - INDIANAPOLIS - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: City of Indianapolis Ind
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: DC-ISRAEL-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $6,485.05
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 19, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,367.36
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: International City/County Management Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 12, 2001
Expense: $125.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MCALLEN, TX
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX - LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $424.00
source

Destination: DALLAS - AUSTIN - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $744.25
source

Destination: PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA - HONG KONG - TAIWAN
Sponsor: OCCACC, SAGA, CPIFA, TMFA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, TRADE PROMOTION
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,853.96
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,525.96
source

Destination: LAX - LAS VEGAS - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $478.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,209.80
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY
Sponsor: American Jewish Congress
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BUSINESS & TRADE PROMOTION
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,571.22
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,249.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (NYSE) & HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE (HDI)
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND MEETINGS
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $601.06
source

Destination: LAX-HILTON HEAD, SC-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Drug Information Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,944.82
source

Destination: MIAMI-HAVANA-MIAMI
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING & MEETINGS
Date: May 25, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $4,020.00
source

Destination: ST. PAUL, MN
Sponsor: NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Jun 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $728.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC - PORTLAND, OREGON - LAX
Sponsor: Planned Parenthood
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 28, 2003
Expense: $1,461.68
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,550.00
source

Destination: LAX - DALLAS - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Network of Texas
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,636.00
source

Destination: LAX - SEATTLE - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS & FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,598.36
source

Destination: DALLAS - PHOENIX - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 24, 2003
Expense: $662.00
source

Destination: LAX - BOSTON - NY
Sponsor: JFK FOUNDATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $943.54
source

Destination: WESTIN MISSION HILLS
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CA DELEGATION BI-PARTISAN RETREAT MEETINGS
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,290.42
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-SAN FRANCISCO-ORANGE COUNTY
Sponsor: Bank of New York
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,603.34
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-MIAMI-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,310.15
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX - PHOENIX, AZ - ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004
Expense: $788.24
source

Destination: ORANGE COUNTY, CA-BOZEMAN, MT-LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: National Public Lands Grazing Campaign/American Lands Institute
Purpose: GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM GRAZING FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Aug 31, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $902.92
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA-TOKYO AND BANGKOK-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Thai Support Foundation Inc
Purpose: CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE-SUPPORT FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF SUPPLEMENTARY OCCUPATIONS AND RELATED TECHNIQUES
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,037.50
source

Destination: SNA - PHX
Sponsor: Hispanic Women's Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 14, 2005 (-364 day)
Expense: $291.72
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Loretta Sanchez

Daniel Barba
Lee Godown
Ann Norris
Amy Slavin
Edward Steiner
Khoi Ta



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.