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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

Dominion Resources Inc


Total cost of 13 trips: $7,114.71


Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LUSBY, MD
Purpose: TOUR LIQUEFIELD NATURAL GAS TERMINAL
Date: Aug 5, 2004
Expense: $65.00
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Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 5, 2005
Expense: $15.40
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Traveler: Dwight Cates (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, SURRY POWER STATION-WASHINGTON
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Amanda Foster (from the office of Bob Goodlatte)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Timothy Aiken (from the office of James Moran)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA-SURRY, VA
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER, SECURITY
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Jo Ann Davis (from the office of Jo Ann Davis)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA-SURRY POWER STATION, VA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Brent Robinson (from the office of Jo Ann Davis)
Destination: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF SURRY NUCLEAR POWER STATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Steven Karapetian (from the office of Eric Cantor)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $276.04
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Traveler: Jamie Miller (from the office of Randy Forbes)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA TO SURRY VA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $276.04
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Traveler: Shauna Hewes (from the office of Robert Simmons)
Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA FOR DOMINION BRIEFINGS; TO SURRY POWER STATION FOR TOUR AND BRIEFINGS
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
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Traveler: Charlie Melancon (from the office of Charlie Melancon)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATIONAL OFFSHORE RIG
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $958.42
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Traveler: Ed Case (from the office of Ed Case)
Destination: GULF OF MEXICO
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATION TRIP/BRIEFING TO AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $1,975.34
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Traveler: Ron Kind (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: 'DEVILS TOWER,' AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Purpose: TO VIEW AN OFFSHORE OIL RIG TO GAIN UNDERSTANDING ON ITS PURPOSE AND OPERATION
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $969.67
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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.