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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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  • 09.04.14

    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

Diana Degette


Total cost of 23 office trips: $55,196.21


Trips by Diana Degette
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $49,936.36

Destination: FT. MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,010.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: SPEAK AT A FORUM ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,028.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York University
Purpose: SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGAL ISSUES OF THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $3,997.00
source

Destination: DC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,070.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,857.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY IN MEDICINE AND RESEARCH
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BIOCONFERENCE
Date: Nov 18, 2002
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: POLICY CONF
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Expense: $3,151.50
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: POLICY TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,620.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONF. ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,293.82
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,689.51
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,559.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE FORDHAM SUMMIT ON BIO-PHARMACEUTICALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $858.72
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,316.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMAN
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP WITH FRENCH AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,386.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,592.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Diana Degette

Shannon Good
Dawn Patrice Jackson
Meghan Taira



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.