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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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

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Office of

John Larson


Total cost of 25 office trips: $66,638.46


Trips by John Larson
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $15,895.39

Destination: WALL STREET, NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: MERRILL LYNCH AND THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SECURITIES MARKETS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,082.00
source

Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,339.99
source

Destination: WASHINGTON TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,152.20
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT, GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,580.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 14, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,537.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,465.34
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL "BIPARTISAN" RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,783.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,955.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of John Larson

William Cable
Holly Canevari
Elliot Ginsberg
Brian Mahar
Ellen Mccarthy
Tiffani Mendivil
Jonathan Renfrew
George Shevlin
Sterling Spriggs



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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.