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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

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    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.
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Trips sponsored by

Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower


Total cost of 11 trips: $118,758.70


Traveler: Sheila Jackson Lee (from the office of Sheila Jackson Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,667.43
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $10,110.69
source

Traveler: Deron Roberson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,709.51
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CODEL TO INVESTIGATE DIAMOND INDUSTRY AND MANPOWER. REQUIRE AGOA IMPLEMENTATION, AND ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,560.68
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: BOTSWANA (GABARARE, CHOBE)
Purpose: CODEL INVESTIGATING AGOA IMPLEMENTATION; ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES AND DIAMOND INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $20,753.33
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,851.17
source

Traveler: Dollie Burwell (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $10,874.69
source

Traveler: Eva Clayton (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $22,174.18
source

Traveler: Erin Decuir (from the office of William Thornberry)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF BOTSWANA
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,062.01
source

Traveler: Matthew Reynolds (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP (FOREIGN AID, TRADE, BICAMERAL RELATIONS)
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $4,933.00
source

Traveler: Julie Philp (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: GABORONE, BOTSWANA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,062.01
source



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.