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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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

Witness for Peace


Total cost of 11 trips: $21,184.00


Traveler: Jonathan Fremont (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: MIAMI, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING DELEGATION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (12 days)
Expense: $1,925.00
source

Traveler: Christine Gleichert (from the office of Nick Rahall)
Destination:
Purpose: REVIEW AND ASSESS AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Mark Aumann (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: COLOMBIA
Purpose: INVESTIGATE EFFECTS OF PLAN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: BOGATA, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: J Spencer Freebairn (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: BOGOTA AND POPAYAN, COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Joanne Warwick (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: BUGOTA, COLUMBIA POPOYAN CAUCA, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Paul Brotherton (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: MEETINGS TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF U.S. POLICY IN COLOMBIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: James Smith (from the office of J.C. Watts)
Destination: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (PAPAYAS)
Purpose: EXPLORE SECURITY ISSUES IN COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Bones (from the office of Curt Weldon)
Destination: BOGOTA & POPAYAS, COLOMBIA
Purpose: EXAMINE NEED FOR U.S. AID TO COLOMBIA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Gash (from the office of Lane Evans)
Destination: BOGOTA & POPYAN, COLUMBIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING OF US FOREIGN POLICY IN COLUMBIA
Date: Sep 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Barwig (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: BOGOTA: MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA
Purpose: LABOR & ENVIRONMENTAL DELEGATION
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (10 days)
Expense: $2,060.00
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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.