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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

  • 09.11.14

    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.
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    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

Hilda Solis


Total cost of 25 office trips: $29,907.82


Trips by Hilda Solis
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $18,468.54

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: KEY SPEAKER AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $434.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: US-Mexico Cultural & Educational Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TEXAS
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $395.50
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE: MIAMI TO HAVANA
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose:
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: EL SALVADOR TO NICARAGUA
Sponsor: THE SALVADOREAN AMERICAN NATIONAL NETWORK AND THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.00
source

Destination: LAX-BOSTON-WDC
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,976.16
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / FACT FINDING, PUERTO RICO
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,559.50
source

Destination: EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP & WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,280.38
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,076.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Drum Major Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PUBLIC POLICY SERIES
Date: Jun 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $490.34
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Amnesty International
Purpose: TO SPEAK REGARDING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY HER ON CIUDAD JUAREZ
Date: Jul 2, 2005
Expense: $470.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION, COALITION TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH, SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, BLUECROSSBLUE SHIELD ASSOC., AETNA, WELLPOINT, UNITED HEALTH GROUP
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.82
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Hilda Solis

Carina Armenta
Nidia Bautista
Jenny Blau
Jennifer Grodsky
Donald Lyster
Yvette Martinez
Laura Rodriguez



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.