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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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  • 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

Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia


Total cost of 32 trips: $218,219.04


Traveler: Amina Akbar (from the office of David Bonior)
Destination: MEETINGS W/U.S. AND MALAYSIANS GOVT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS.
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Malik Chaka (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING; MET PRIME MINISTER, MIN. OF DEFENSE, FOREIGN MIN. ETC.
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Nicole Venable (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MEETINGS W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Jameel Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: KL, MALAYSIA
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS; MEETINGS WITH US & MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,749.31
source

Traveler: Souheila Al-Jadda (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MTGS W/ US & MALAYSIAN GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Nisha Desai (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO STUDY U.S.-MALAYSIA ECONOMIC/POLITICAL RELATIONS; MEET W/ US AND MALAYSIA GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Traveler: Chris Tuttle (from the office of Mark Green)
Destination: LANGKAWI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, MEETING WITH HEAD OF STATE, FOREIGN MINISTER
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $10,120.00
source

Traveler: Dana Mott (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: KUL, LGK, LANKAWI
Purpose: INTRODUCTION TO MALAYSIAN POLICY, CULTURE, ETC.
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
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Traveler: Suzanne Farmer (from the office of Jim Davis)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $10,120.00
source

Traveler: Kathleen Lydon (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Matt Pierce (from the office of Baron Hill)
Destination: VARIOUS DESTINATIONS IN MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $11,020.00
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: D.C. TO KUALA LUMPOUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC LEADERS
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: WASH-KUALA LUMPUR-LANGKAWI-KUALA LUMPUR-WASH
Purpose:
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: WASH., DC-LONDON-KUALA LUMPAR, MALAYSIA/LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH VARIOUS BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN MALAYSIA
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: P Rehbein (from the office of Ed Bryant)
Destination: KUALA-LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: LONDON, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT - FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $13,558.84
source

Traveler: Linda Bond (from the office of Christopher Bond)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TRAVEL IN CONNECTION WITH OFFICIAL DUTIES OF SENATE MEMBER
Date: Dec 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $623.00
source

Traveler: Lionel Collins (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Laverne Alexander (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Greg Mesack (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MALAYSIAN GROUPS, SO AS TO LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF MALAYSIA AND ITS CURRENT INTERNATIONAL POLICY ISSUES, SUCH AS TRADE, FOREIGH AFFAIRS, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Julie Little (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: KUALA LUMPOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,026.08
source

Traveler: Christopher Mitchell (from the office of Michael Honda)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: THE TRIP ALLOWED CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO MEET WITH HIGH RANKING MALAYSIAN OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, INCLUDING TRADE, SECURITY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES. THIS FACT FINDING TRIP ALSO ALLOWED ATTENDEES TO WITNESS FIRST HAND MALAYSIA'
Date: Apr 9, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $7,248.30
source

Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MALAYSIA-NEW YORK
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TRADE AND COMMERCE ISSUES. MEETINGS WITH AMERICAN EMBASSY AND AMERICAN BUSINESS INTERESTS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,448.00
source

Traveler: Chris Otillio (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT MALAYSIA'S POLITICAL, GOVERNMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $6,728.02
source

Traveler: Babak Zafarnia (from the office of Nicholas Lampson)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION TRIP TO MALAYSIA TO MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,448.00
source

Traveler: Greg Mccarthy (from the office of Dana Rohrabacher)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN KEEPING WITH MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITIES ON HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $6,676.00
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,617.00
source

Traveler: Amy Muhlberg (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: MALAYSIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,728.00
source

Traveler: Joanna Foust (from the office of Dave Camp)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF U.S.-MALAYSIA TRADE, MALAYSIA'S GROWING IMPORTANCE IN SE ASIA AND HELPING THE UNITED STATES FIGHT TERRORISM BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,726.00
source

Traveler: Richard Blackwood (from the office of Frank Lucas)
Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,675.00
source

Traveler: Mac Arthur Zimmerman (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO KUALA LUMPUR & LANGKAWI, MALASIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, MTGS W POLICE, FOR MINISTRY, OTHER OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,725.00
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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.