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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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    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.

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.

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Trips sponsored by

Investment Company Institute


Total cost of 31 trips: $30,961.99


Traveler: William Sweetnam (from the office of William Roth)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON PENSION PLAN LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: Michael Thompson (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $370.25
source

Traveler: Scott Morris (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $942.86
source

Traveler: Mary Kerr (from the office of James Oberstar)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP REGARDING MUTUAL FUNDS
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $925.86
source

Traveler: Tyson Redpath (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO ACQUIRE DEEPER KNOWLEDGE OF THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY AND DISCUSS HOW CURRENT FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND PROPOSED CHANGES TO CURRENT LAW MAY IMPACT THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY AND THE INVESTORS THEY SERVE
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $912.86
source

Traveler: Kevin Smith (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: EDUCATE STAFF ABOUT THE ROLE MUTUAL FUNDS PLAY IN THE US ECONOMY AS WELL AS DEFINED CONTRIBUTION 401(K) SAVINGS PLANS
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $912.86
source

Traveler: Stacey Dion (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MUTUAL FUND TRIP
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,329.98
source

Traveler: Melanie Rhinehart (from the office of Earl Pomeroy)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: MUTUAL FUND EDUCATION
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $764.26
source

Traveler: Vince Sampson (from the office of Richard Pombo)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCE ISSUES WITHIN THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $920.29
source

Traveler: Mark Dion (from the office of Pat Toomey)
Destination: BOSTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $814.34
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Canter (from the office of Tim Johnson)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTES EQUITY MARKETS CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,147.28
source

Traveler: Netonis Wybensinger (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: MUTUAL FUNDS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS SECURITIES, TRADE THROUGH RULE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $966.58
source

Traveler: Scott Kuschmider (from the office of Ken Lucas)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTE'S EQUITY MARKETS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS SECURITIES MART
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.05
source

Traveler: Jennifer Nowlin (from the office of Jim Mccrery)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY (LA GUARDIA)
Purpose: ATTEND ICI'S EQUITY MARKETS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.23
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON SECURITIES MARKET STRUCTURE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,147.28
source

Traveler: Keven Brough (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: WASHINGTON NATIONAL-NYC-UNION STATION
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT SECURITIES MARKET STRUCTURE & REGULATORY ISSUES
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,294.28
source

Traveler: Jason Smosna (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: DCA TO LGA
Purpose: DAY LONG INFORMATIONAL CONFERENCE AND BRIEFING ON SECURITIES MARKET STRUCTURE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,152.71
source

Traveler: Jordan Press (from the office of Christopher Shays)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: TO ATTEND ICI'S EQUITIES MARKETS CONFERENCE AND LEARN ABOUT MARKET STRUCTURE
Date: Sep 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,147.28
source

Traveler: Jack Deuser (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: NYC, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Jeff Hamond (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON ISSUES OF CONCERN TO MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Wayne Palmer (from the office of Rick Santorum)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: MUTUAL FUNDS EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Jason Rosenberg (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Gerald O'shea (from the office of Jeb Hensarling)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Sudafi Henry (from the office of Emanuel Cleaver)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT RELATED TO THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $838.58
source

Traveler: Thomas Koonce (from the office of Brad Miller)
Destination: SEMINARS ON INVESTING, PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT, MUTUAL FUND GOVERNANCE ISSUES; NYSE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS; FUTURE OF MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Purpose: MUTUAL FUNDS EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Nicole Austin (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: C Scott Canady (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT MUTUAL FUND STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH EFFORTS. DISCUSSION OF MARKET STRUCTURE PROPOSALS AND THE CONTINUED NEED FOR INDUSTRY REFORM
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Caroline Powers (from the office of Stephen Lynch)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO NYC, SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED IN MUTUAL FUNDS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Jameel Aalim-Johnson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Nathaniel Bennett (from the office of Jim Ryun)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: MUTUAL FUNDS EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
source

Traveler: Jason Spence (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $981.68
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.