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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

AT&T Corporation


Total cost of 20 trips: $25,421.97


Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: TRIP TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 29, 2000
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Andrew Givens (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Sutherland (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY; NEW YORK, NEW YORK; AND BEDMINSTER, N.J.
Purpose: AT&T CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO TOUR AT&T LABS AND NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER AND ASSOCIATED BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Steven Wall (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: MIDDLETOWN NJ, NEW YORK NY, BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP: VISIT AND TOUR AT&T LABS AND GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $520.00
source

Traveler: Bryan Jacobs (from the office of Barbara Cubin)
Destination: AT&T BELL LAB IN N.J. BOTH DAYS
Purpose: TOUR NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER/MEET CEO
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Nathaniel Wienecke (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: AT&T OPERATIONS CENTER, IV
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $590.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SAN JOSE
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,867.00
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO SAN JOSE, CA; SAN JOSE, CA TO COLUMBIA, SC
Purpose: INFORM ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $11,231.00
source

Traveler: Kerry Ann Watkins (from the office of Peter King)
Destination:
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $262.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Larkin (from the office of Carolyn Mccarthy)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO WORLD TRADE CENTER DISASTER AREA
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $210.00
source

Traveler: Ven Neralla (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK AT&T RECOVERY TEAM OPERATIONS CENTER
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT AT&TS DISASTER RECOVERY PAST SEPT-TH
Date: Oct 12, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Chris Mccannell (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: VISIT GROUND ZERO AND SEE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RE-BUILDING
Date: Oct 19, 2001
Expense: $277.00
source

Traveler: Charles Pickering (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Michael Chappell (from the office of Charles Pickering)
Destination: WASHINGTON TO BEDMINSTER NJ
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Dec 3, 2001
Expense: $277.50
source

Traveler: Rudy Brioche (from the office of Frank Lautenberg)
Destination: BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY
Purpose: VISIT AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Dana Lichtenberg (from the office of Bart Gordon)
Destination: BEDBBINSTER, NJ
Purpose: TOUR OF AT&T GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $706.24
source

Traveler: Michael Sozan (from the office of Bill Nelson)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT AT&T FACILITIES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $630.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Kugler (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE COMPETITIVE TELECOM LANDSCAPE WITH AT&T EXECUTIVES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Traveler: Michelle Dallafior (from the office of Ted Strickland)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NY/NJ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT IMPACT OF RECENT FCC REGULATIONS
Date: Jun 29, 2004
Expense: $704.93
source

Traveler: Melissa Shannon (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY AND BEDMINSTER, NJ
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO AT&T'S GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
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.