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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

    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

World Economic Forum


Total cost of 45 trips: $191,482.86


Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT AND ATTENDED MEETINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $8,606.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $7,490.53
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL
Date: Jan 26, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,640.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: NY, NY TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,919.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND GIVE PRESENTATIONS ON AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: Doug Bereuter (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,440.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,052.10
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: ZURICH
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MTG.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,161.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: TUCSON, AZ - DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: DAVOS SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,211.00
source

Traveler: Doug Bereuter (from the office of Doug Bereuter)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,881.00
source

Traveler: Dianne Feinstein (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORUM'S 30TH ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $180.00
source

Traveler: Robert Torricelli (from the office of Robert Torricelli)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,871.00
source

Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEECH/PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Traveler: Christopher Dodd (from the office of Christopher Dodd)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $6,038.56
source

Traveler: James Moran (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF NATO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,650.00
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,450.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,292.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: MIAMI, FL - CANCUN, MEXICO - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: FORUM MEETINGS
Date: Feb 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,465.00
source

Traveler: Bob Graham (from the office of Bob Graham)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,727.00
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,156.00
source

Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM (4 DAY EVENT)
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,711.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $927.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,009.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,833.50
source

Traveler: Sander Levin (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,993.50
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination: GREENBRIER-NEW YORK CITY (LA GUARDIA)-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,802.00
source

Traveler: David Dreier (from the office of David Dreier)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH WORLD ECONOMIC LEADERS
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.50
source

Traveler: William Thomas (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,742.00
source

Traveler: Rob Portman (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2002
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN WEF ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $270.00
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: FORUM PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,004.22
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: ZURICH
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,755.66
source

Traveler: Jennifer Dunn (from the office of Jennifer Dunn)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $0.00
source

Traveler: Rob Portman (from the office of Rob Portman)
Destination: CINCINNATI/ZURICH/WASHINGTON
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN PARTICIPATED IN FORUM
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,907.84
source

Traveler: Michael Oxley (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM'S ANNUAL MEETING IN DAVOS
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $9,464.00
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 20, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,349.40
source

Traveler: Jim Kolbe (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM MEETINGS AS PART OF CODEL PORTMAN.
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $864.01
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FORUM
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,983.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,058.58
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,878.00
source

Traveler: Jim Leach (from the office of Jim Leach)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS, MEET WITH WORLD LEADERS
Date: Jan 25, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,549.58
source

Traveler: Edward Markey (from the office of Edward Markey)
Destination: SWITZERLAND
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANELS ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,475.38
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.