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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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  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    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

American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates


Total cost of 66 trips: $74,411.05


Traveler: John Rockefeller (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAKER AT THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP EVENTS SPOKE AT TWO DINNERS AND ONE LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 5, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $1,218.57
source

Traveler: Larry Craig (from the office of Larry Craig)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: ADDRESS AIPAC BOARD MEETING REGARDING AMERICAN ISRAEL ISSUES
Date: Jan 23, 2000
Expense: $1,213.50
source

Traveler: Mitch Mcconnell (from the office of Mitch Mcconnell)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL PALM BEACH WASHINGTON CLUB MEETING, KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Date: Mar 5, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $900.88
source

Traveler: Jonathan Vogel (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT, BOSTON LOGAN, LA GUARDIA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 6, 2000
Expense: $330.50
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: CHICAGO; MIAMI; WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: SPEAK TO SOUTH DADE COUNTY AIPAC ORGANIZATION
Date: May 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,519.50
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: NEW YORK - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AIPAC EVENT
Date: Jun 26, 2000
Expense: $570.21
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: LEAVE BURBANK FOR SAN FRANCISCO ON SUNDAY, 9/10/00 AND RETURN SAME EVENING
Purpose: SPEAK ON ISRAELI/US RELATIONS
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $379.00
source

Traveler: Benjamin Gilman (from the office of Benjamin Gilman)
Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC SUMMIT PROGRAM
Date: Sep 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $537.87
source

Traveler: Barbara Boxer (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Purpose: SPEAK AT AN AIPAC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,728.02
source

Traveler: Ron Wyden (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: PORTLAND, OR - ATLANTA, GA - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEECH TO AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ATLANTA CHAPTER ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Nov 28, 2000
Expense: $1,641.00
source

Traveler: Henry Waxman (from the office of Henry Waxman)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT EVENT ON EVENING OF NOVEMBER 28
Date: Nov 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,155.35
source

Traveler: Evan Bayh (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONS TO THE SOUTH FLORIDA AIPAC MEMBERS
Date: Dec 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $166.96
source

Traveler: Ron Wyden (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: MEDFORD, OR - LOS ANGELES, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEECHES TO AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO CHAPTERS
Date: Dec 12, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,645.17
source

Traveler: Fred Thompson (from the office of Fred Thompson)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,709.00
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - FT. LANDERDALE - NEW YORK
Purpose: TRAVEL WITH MEMBER FOR A SPEECH
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $294.09
source

Traveler: Joseph Crowley (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Purpose: SPEECH TO COMMUNITY ADVOCATES
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $277.84
source

Traveler: John Rockefeller (from the office of John Rockefeller)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE ANNUAL AIPAC DINNER
Date: Apr 30, 2001
Expense: $610.00
source

Traveler: Jon Kyl (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE 4TH ANNUAL TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION AND DINNER
Date: May 6, 2001
Expense: $1,155.00
source

Traveler: Steve Israel (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: BOSTON LOGAN
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 6, 2001
Expense: $225.00
source

Traveler: Shelley Berkley (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ
Purpose: AIPAC Leadership event
Date: May 14, 2001
Expense: $423.50
source

Traveler: Steve Israel (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: DALLAS
Purpose: SPEECH TO AIPAC MEMBERSHIP
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,189.00
source

Traveler: Jonathan Vogel (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: DALLAS
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $632.00
source

Traveler: Mitch Mcconnell (from the office of Mitch Mcconnell)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Purpose: REMARKS AT CLEVELAND COMMITTEE FOR AIPAC RECEPTION AND DINNER HONORING AIPAC PRESIDENT, TIM WULIGER, THE LANDERHAVEN, CLEVELAND, OHIO
Date: Aug 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,407.31
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Purpose: TICKET FOR ROUND-TRIP AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA, PA, AND CLEVELAND, OH PLUS GROUND TRANSPORTATION IN CLEVELAND, FOR A SPEECH TO AN AIPAC DINNER. BAD WEATHER PROHIBITED AIR TRAVEL, AND THE TRIP DID NOT OCCUR, BUT THE TICKET AND COST OF GROUND TRANSPO
Date: Aug 28, 2001
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Purpose: SENATOR KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DINNER
Date: Oct 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,490.48
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S NATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Purpose: SPEAK TO AIPAC MEMBERS
Date: Nov 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,094.34
source

Traveler: Paul Unger (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SEN. ALLEN TO MEETING WITH TIDEWATER COMMUNITY
Date: Nov 27, 2001
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Traveler: Robert Bennett (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AN AIPAC CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $434.59
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AIPAC CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,782.02
source

Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: SPEAK TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $823.34
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC DINNER
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $561.26
source

Traveler: Jon Kyl (from the office of Jon Kyl)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Oct 6, 2002
Expense: $2,075.00
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: NEW YORK - ATLANTA - WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S SUMMIT MEETING
Date: Oct 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,303.13
source

Traveler: Eric Cantor (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: RICHMOND TO FORT. LAUDERDALE
Purpose: SPEECH ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $554.00
source

Traveler: Mark Pryor (from the office of Mark Pryor)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $860.50
source

Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: BIRMINGHAM RALEIGH, NC ONE-WAY TRAVEL EXPENSE
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER * AIPAC EVENT
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $634.37
source

Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: BIRMINGHAM DEPARTURE TO CAMBRIDGE, MA RETURNED TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: May 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,377.22
source

Traveler: Mike Pence (from the office of Mike Pence)
Destination: TRAVEL TO BOSTON, MA; SPEAK TO 2003 ANNUAL LEADERSHIP DINNER
Purpose: OFFICIAL; PROMOTE PRO-ISRAEL ISSUES
Date: May 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $654.56
source

Traveler: Gordon Smith (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $574.03
source

Traveler: Anthony Weiner (from the office of Anthony Weiner)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT REGARDING PENDING LEGISLATION INVOLVING ISRAEL/FACT FINDING DISCUSSION ON THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Date: Sep 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,714.00
source

Traveler: Steve Israel (from the office of Steve Israel)
Destination: JFK-FLL-IAD
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $706.76
source

Traveler: Susan Collins (from the office of Susan Collins)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IN SACRAMENTO, SAN FRANCISCO, OAKLAND AND SAN JOSE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,458.14
source

Traveler: Jane Alonso (from the office of Susan Collins)
Destination: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Purpose: MEMBERSHIP EVENTS
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,319.46
source

Traveler: Denise Majette (from the office of Denise Majette)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO MIAMI, FL TO ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER AT AIPAC MIAMI-DADE'S MIDDLE EAST BRIEFING
Date: Dec 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $894.27
source

Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AIPAC NATIONAL TRAINING SEMINAR
Date: Dec 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $960.00
source

Traveler: Artur Davis (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL FT. LAUDERDALE FL
Purpose: SPEAKER AT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Mar 28, 2004
Expense: $1,262.87
source

Traveler: Christopher Shays (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEMBERS' MEETING
Date: May 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,793.29
source

Traveler: Eric Powers (from the office of Lynn Woolsey)
Destination: NEWARK INTL AIRPORT TO ISRAEL TO NEWARK INT'L AIRPORT
Purpose: EXPLORE THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND LEARN ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,651.45
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S 3RD ANNUAL VALLEY DINNER
Date: Sep 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $697.70
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AIPAC MEETING
Date: Sep 27, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,904.61
source

Traveler: Eliot Engel (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL GALA
Date: Oct 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.09
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL LAS VEGAS GALA
Date: Oct 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,789.30
source

Traveler: David Bowell (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO STAFF SENATOR COLEMAN AT AIPAC'S ANNUAL LAS VEGAS GALA
Date: Oct 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,466.69
source

Traveler: John Cornyn (from the office of John Cornyn)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: GIVE REMARKS TO THE AIPAC SENATE CLUB (PART OF THE AIPAC NATIONAL SUMMIT)
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $743.40
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,628.83
source

Traveler: Walter Fischer (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $456.59
source

Traveler: Jeff Miller (from the office of Jeff Miller)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Purpose: AIPAC NATIONAL SUMMIT ON FOREIGN POLICY AND POLITICS
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $220.89
source

Traveler: Cliff Stearns (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: HOLLYWOOD (FT. LAUDERDALE)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT DINNER
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $846.00
source

Traveler: Joan Smutko (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD, FL-TAMPA
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY REP. STEARNS AT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AND TO BE BRIEFED ON ISSUES FACING ISRAEL
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $634.49
source

Traveler: Jack Reed (from the office of Jack Reed)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, SILICON VALLEY, OAKLAND, AND SACRAMENTO, CA
Purpose: TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESSES ON U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP AND ISSUES AT FOUR AIPAC EVENTS
Date: Dec 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $806.70
source

Traveler: Ken Salazar (from the office of Ken Salazar)
Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH
Date: Mar 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $998.83
source

Traveler: Melissa Koenigsberg (from the office of Ken Salazar)
Destination: PALM BEACH TRAVEL
Purpose: SPEECH BY SENATOR TO AIPAC
Date: Mar 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $621.14
source

Traveler: Howard Berman (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Purpose: SPEAK AT TWO EVENTS
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Expense: $360.20
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR AIPAC ATLANTA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $615.39
source

Traveler: Erich Mische (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Purpose: STAFFING THE SENATOR AT THE ANNUAL AIPAC ATLANTA EVENT, WHERE THE SENATOR WILL BE SPEAKING
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $615.39
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

  • 09.11.14

    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.