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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.

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Trips sponsored by

Washington Office on Latin America


Total cost of 31 trips: $55,948.87


Traveler: Rob Neal (from the office of George Nethercutt)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESSMENT OF FOOD & MEDICINE SANCTIONS
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Sean Carroll (from the office of Sam Gejdenson)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: ASSESS POLITICAL & ECON. SITUATION
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,262.42
source

Traveler: Ellyn Toscano (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Nadine Berg (from the office of Jose Serrano)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,241.17
source

Traveler: Maurice Hinchey (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE U.S. EMBARGO ON THE PEOPLE OF CUBA
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,411.62
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING. TO FACILITATE EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTES UNIVERSITIES AND CUBAN COUNTERPARTS
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND SET UP EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mershon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & ESTABLISHING ACADEMIC & CULTURAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN CUBAN & MASSACHUSETTS UNIVERSITIES
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,150.00
source

Traveler: Joe Moakley (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: Stephen Larose (from the office of Joe Moakley)
Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: CREATING DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN EDUCATION LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CUBA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,792.00
source

Traveler: David Rapallo (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOGOTA AND ENVIRONS, COLOMBIA, S.A.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,599.63
source

Traveler: Janice Schakowsky (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,930.76
source

Traveler: Michael Meishon (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Edward Augustus (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Jonathan Stivers (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,143.09
source

Traveler: Cliff Etammerman (from the office of William Delahunt)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; EXAMINING EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Eva Cargill (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: Raffi Hamparian (from the office of Steven Rothman)
Destination: EL SALVADOR
Purpose: EXAMINE EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Date: Mar 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $970.00
source

Traveler: John Hess (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: CUBA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CUBAN OFFICIALS AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,953.00
source

Traveler: Robert Blumenfield (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: FOUR DAYS IN CUBA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,173.00
source

Traveler: Jana Denning (from the office of Dennis Moore)
Destination: FLIGHT FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, TO HAVANA, CUBA
Purpose: TO VISIT AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS IN CUBA INVOLVED WITH THE AG. SECTOR
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,805.00
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,656.48
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,669.42
source

Traveler: James Mcgovern (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,145.88
source

Traveler: Cindy Buhl (from the office of James Mcgovern)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,131.84
source

Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,991.00
source

Traveler: Jenny Blau (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO EL PASO, TX
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $755.10
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.