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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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    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

Nancy Johnson


Total cost of 52 office trips: $201,538.58


Trips by Nancy Johnson
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $116,269.67

Destination: STATE COLLEGE, PA
Sponsor: NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH AT HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 9, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $105.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO BOSTON (MIT), TRAVEL TO DC
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS, KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ NEW ENGLAND TECH EXECUTIVES RE: NEW ECONOMY
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $425.59
source

Destination: HARTFORD-ROME
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2000 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2001 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (13 days)
Expense: $15,203.99
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM AND BEYOND CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,547.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: THE COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,760.45
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: RIPON SOCIETY 2002 LISTENING TOUR
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $8,877.82
source

Destination: MOSCOW
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,476.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,915.96
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,308.16
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $11,722.20
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: 2005 CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,237.71
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $21,770.10
source

Destination: QUITO, ECUADOR - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT TNC'S NATURAL RESOURCE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION WORK IN ECUADOR AND TO DISCUSS WITH ECUADORIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS THE EFFECTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN CT
Date: May 28, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $17,900.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHILADELPHIA, PA - HARTFORD, CT
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY IN THE MEDICAL, TECHNICAL, AND ENERGY FIELDS
Date: Sep 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $899.69
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Nancy Johnson

Suanna Bruinooge
Jaime Cheshire
Susan Christensen
Dan Elling
Todd Funk
Dave Karvelas
Douglas Lathrop
Shane Lieberman
Christopher Morgan
Michele Nellenbach
Brian Schubert



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.