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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

General Electric Co


Total cost of 40 trips: $72,274.00


Traveler: Bob Barr (from the office of Bob Barr)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: INTERVIEW
Date: May 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $428.60
source

Traveler: Richard Durbin (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEAR ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Sep 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $9,550.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 23, 2000
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM WILMINGTON, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $775.00
source

Traveler: Jean Carnahan (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "THE TODAY SHOW"
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
source

Traveler: Anthony Wyche (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: APPEARANCE OF SENATOR JEAN CARNAHAN ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $552.34
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jan 28, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON TODAY SHOW
Date: Apr 27, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Apr 29, 2001
Expense: $135.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON MEET THE PRESS
Date: Jun 10, 2001
Expense: $142.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jun 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $419.76
source

Traveler: Charles Schumer (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: EAST HAMPTON NY TO WASHINGTON DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 1, 2001
Expense: $1,540.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: DELAWARE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,942.99
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL FROM LAUREL, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,040.70
source

Traveler: Henry Hyde (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: Blaine Aaron (from the office of Henry Hyde)
Destination: WASHINGTON
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Sep 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,000.00
source

Traveler: John Kerry (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON "HARDBALL" TELEVISION SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2002
Expense: $620.00
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: TRAVEL FOR APPEARANCE ON MSNBC PROGRAM
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: ASSIST SENATOR DURING MSNBC TV APPEARANCE
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Karen Dunn (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ALBANY TO DULLES
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR'S APPEARANCE ON HARDBALL
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Expense: $216.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW
Date: Feb 4, 2003
Expense: $147.00
source

Traveler: Lindsey Graham (from the office of Lindsey Graham)
Destination: COLOMBIA, SC TO DULLES
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 1, 2003
Expense: $601.50
source

Traveler: Steve Buyer (from the office of Steve Buyer)
Destination: IND-LGA-DCA
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE TODAY SHOW
Date: Mar 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $810.00
source

Traveler: John Mccain (from the office of John Mccain)
Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Purpose: INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS "HARDBALL"
Date: Apr 23, 2003
Expense: $1,913.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 5, 2003
Expense: $294.05
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 25, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTONG, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Jul 20, 2003
Expense: $1,438.20
source

Traveler: Philip English (from the office of Philip English)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GE MEDICAL SYSTEM CEO HEALTHCARE SYMPOSIUM
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,272.31
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: TRAVEL FROM CAPE HENLOPEN, DE TO WASHINGTON, DC, RETURNING TO CAPE MAY, NJ
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,979.50
source

Traveler: Daniel O'brien (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHVILLE, NC
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN TO A TELEVISION APPEARANCE
Date: Oct 11, 2003
Expense: $359.50
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ASHEVILLE, NC TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $6,983.90
source

Traveler: Paul Sarbanes (from the office of Paul Sarbanes)
Destination: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE TELEVISION PROGRAM, "LOUIS RUCKEYSER'S WALL STREET"
Date: Nov 7, 2003
Expense: $383.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: ONE-WAY AIR FARE FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO CHICAGO, IL FOR AN EVENT SUBSEQUENT TO AN APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: May 16, 2004
Expense: $765.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Expense: $1,074.45
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUND-TRIP AUTO TRAVEL BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Lowe (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,163.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Bonar (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: LOS ANGELES AND PALM SPRINGS, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING WIND ENERGY AND INTECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Kurt Bilas (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: SEE WIND TURBINE FARMS AND LEARN ABOUT IP PIRACY ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,304.22
source

Traveler: Michael Holland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS TO BURBANK
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WIND PRODUCTION (ELECTRICITY) AND ENTERTAINMENT ASPECTS OF GE AND THOSE ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO GE; INCLUDING TAX, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, PIRACY, TRADE, AND ENERGY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,239.22
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: ROUNDTRIP GROUND TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN WILMINGTON, DE AND WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON "MEET THE PRESS"
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Expense: $1,450.00
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.