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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

  • 09.11.14

    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.

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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Trips sponsored by

Council on Competitiveness


Total cost of 65 trips: $20,118.85


Traveler: Jeff Hamond (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Charles Salem (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Thomas Geier (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Renee Bennett (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.10
source

Traveler: Jonathan Adelstein (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS
Purpose: RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON "TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Jeame Bumas (from the office of Slade Gorton)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Tamera Luzzatto (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.10
source

Traveler: Barbara Pryor (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT REGARDING TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $204.00
source

Traveler: Paul Margie (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND STAFF RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALISM
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Kevin Landy (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: BIPARTISAN EDUCATIONAL RETREAT ON "TECHNOLOGY AND GLOBALIZATION"
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Ben Wu (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION.
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN A RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HOSTED BY THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Sue Ramanathan (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND
Purpose: BRIEFING FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: John Flannery (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: ANNAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $212.60
source

Traveler: Jane Terry (from the office of Max Cleland)
Destination: ANAPOLIS, MD
Purpose: RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY & GLOBALIZATION
Date: Jan 11, 2000
Expense: $43.65
source

Traveler: John Mimikakis (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2000
Expense: $307.78
source

Traveler: Jane Terry (from the office of Max Cleland)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: DISCUSS HIGH TECH TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Joshua Stahl (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND THE 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Illegible Illegible (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: HIGH TECHNOLOGY STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $353.58
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO DISCUSS HIGH TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $350.58
source

Traveler: David Goldston (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Feb 22, 2001
Expense: $41.20
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF CALIF., AT SAN DIEGO, CALIF
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND WORKING SESSIONS ON US COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,008.50
source

Traveler: Erin Hatch (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Jennifer Tyree (from the office of Daniel Akaka)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $205.00
source

Traveler: Rob Ehrich (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND "THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS"
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Geier (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL FORUM ON "TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY"
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND FORUM FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS' FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Allen Moore (from the office of Bill Frist)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: EDUCATION SEMINAR
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $294.00
source

Traveler: Yul Kwon (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTENDANCE OF FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Shelley Hanger (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: TECH FORUM
Purpose: TECH FORUM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Traveler: Barry Beringer (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON TERRORISM & TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Feinstein (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: 2 DAY FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $282.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND AN EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $286.00
source

Traveler: Arun Seraphin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: HARBOR COURT HOTEL, BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND FORUM ON INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY'S RETREAT ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND 4TH ANNUAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $325.00
source

Traveler: James Cobb (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY AND HOMELAND SECURITY CONFERENCE - CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Branden Ritchie (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination:
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Kush (from the office of Christopher Smith)
Destination:
Purpose: BRIEFING ON TECHNOLOGY & SECURITY IN AMERICA
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $335.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Montgomery (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND CYBER SECURITY FORUM
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Dale Brown (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATION EFFORTS RE: CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE & CYBER SECURITY
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CYBERSECURITY FORUM
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Beth Jafari (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Traveler: David Sohn (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $341.00
source

Traveler: James Brannon (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN STAFF RETREAT-ENTITLED "FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION"
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Donald Marron (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN STAFF RETREAT-ENTITLED "FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION"
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY FORUM TO DISCUSS TRADE IN SERVICES
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Sidney Blackmer (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BALTIMORE
Purpose: SEMINAR ON CYBER TERRORISM THREATS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Traveler: George Canty (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $365.00
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM'S ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION WHICH IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS THAT SPONSORS NON-PARTISAN, EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY BRIEFINGS. THE RETREAT SUBJECT WAS THE: THE IMP
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $382.00
source

Traveler: Jerr Rosenbaum (from the office of Virgil Goode)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF GLOBALIZATION ON THE FUTURE OF THE U.S. TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $355.00
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: GEORGIA TECH, ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAM ON U.S. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION STRATEGIES AND POLICIES
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Traveler: William Bonvillian (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL INNOVATION POLICIES
Date: Apr 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $316.20
source

Traveler: Michael Sullivan (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $383.00
source

Traveler: Arun Seraphin (from the office of Carl Levin)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT ON "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: Beth Jafari (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Robert Foust (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Marsha Shasteen (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: James Turner (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Dana Lichtenberg (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: ANNUAL TECH FORUM STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: Sidney Blackmer (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO BALTIMORE
Purpose: SEMINAR ON COMPETITIVENESS
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Traveler: W Scott Wilber (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: BALTIMORE
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: David Eppstein (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC-BALTIMORE, MD
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION RETREAT ON ECONOMICS AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $370.00
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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.
  • 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.