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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

New York Mercantile Exchange


Total cost of 64 trips: $30,428.25


Traveler: Cameron Taylor (from the office of Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: NYMEX SEMINAR ON MANAGING ENERGY PRICE RISK
Date: May 16, 2000
Expense: $437.10
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Traveler: Rick Boucher (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: PRESENTATION TO EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ON PROSPECTS FOR ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 15, 2000
Expense: $185.00
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Traveler: Elizabeth Philpot (from the office of Saxby Chambliss)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 15, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Ted Dahlstrom (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 21, 2001
Expense: $357.00
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Traveler: Julene Haworth (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR (ATTENDING)
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.10
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Traveler: Robert Holifield (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE ENERGY CRISIS IN THE UNITED STATES
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $465.00
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Traveler: Valerie West (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: SEMINARS/TOUR EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $110.00
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Traveler: David Toomey (from the office of Tim Johnson)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON FUTURES EXCHANGES, AND COMPETITION IN THE ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY MARKETS
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $396.00
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Traveler: Fitchugh Elder (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ENERGY TODAY
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Lisa Kelley (from the office of Charles Stenholm)
Destination: DC TO NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Edward Burrier (from the office of Edward Royce)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: EXPLORE THE ENERGY FUTURES MARKET IN RESPECT TO CA ENERGY CRISIS
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $396.00
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Traveler: Steven Howell (from the office of Gary Miller)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Patrick Wilson (from the office of Mike Pence)
Destination: NY
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $396.00
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Traveler: Daisy Hannah (from the office of Sanford Bishop)
Destination: BRIEFINGS 2ND TOUR-NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Jon Samuels (from the office of Janice Schakowsky)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $672.00
source

Traveler: Connie Lausten (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: INFORMATION ON COMMODITIES/ENERGY TRADING
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $765.00
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Traveler: Dan Skopec (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Caroline Katzin (from the office of Dan Burton)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $396.00
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Traveler: Anne Keller (from the office of Baron Hill)
Destination: THE NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Tom Lockwood (from the office of Robert Ehrlich)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Leslie Thomsen (from the office of Bart Stupak)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: ENERGY ISSUES INFORMATION
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $444.00
source

Traveler: Erik Woehrmann (from the office of Timothy Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $329.00
source

Traveler: Sam Diehl (from the office of Gil Gutknecht)
Destination: NY, NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $340.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Lenard (from the office of Frank Pallone)
Destination: NYC, NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE (NYMEX)
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR, ELECTRICITY MARKETS DISCUSSION
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Rachel Miller (from the office of Eliot Engel)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Kelly Aylward (from the office of Michael Mcnulty)
Destination: RISK MGMT & HEDGING; TOUR FLOOR; COMPETITIVE ENERGY MARKETS; EFFICIENT MARKETS) ELECTRICITY ISSUES; SIMULATED TRADING;
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Sally Schaeffer (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Traveler: Brant Imperatore (from the office of Michael Oxley)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $396.00
source

Traveler: Dan Weinheimer (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: DISCUSS AND LEARN ABOUT ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
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Traveler: Patrice Willoughby (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: BRIEFING ON ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Traveler: Joe Mcgarvey (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NYMEX CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $396.00
source

Traveler: John Dutton (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $410.00
source

Traveler: Reece Langley (from the office of Terry Everett)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK CITY-NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCH.
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ENERGY FUTURES MARKETS AT SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $357.00
source

Traveler: Tim Holden (from the office of Tim Holden)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: DISCUSS ENERGY FUNCTIONS OF EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $438.00
source

Traveler: Warren Weinstein (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $323.00
source

Traveler: Wayne Boyles (from the office of Jesse Helms)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO GO ON A FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE EXCHANGE AND REVIEW AND OBSERVE ITS OPERATIONS IN THE TRADING OF ENERGY COMMODITIES. ALSO TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Joshua Sheinkman (from the office of Ron Wyden)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR ON OPERATIONS AND OVERSIGHT OF ENERGY FUTURES MARKET
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Jeremy Reyes (from the office of Rick Santorum)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ENERGY FUTURES MARKETS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $422.00
source

Traveler: John Riley (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR INCLUDING DISCUSSION OF ENERGY TRADING IN FUTURES MARKETS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Dawn Deberry (from the office of Larry Combest)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: EXPLORE ENERGY TRADING & MARKET FORCES
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Ian Deason (from the office of Donald Manzullo)
Destination: NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE ON JUN 14, PERSONAL JUNE 15,16
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION BRIEFING
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Ray Fitzgerald (from the office of John Shimkus)
Destination: VISIT NYME
Purpose: VISIT EXCHANGE & LEARN ABOUT ENERGY & TRADING SYSTEM
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Bill Cooper (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: SEMINAR ON ENERGY FUTURES MARKETS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $422.00
source

Traveler: James Beabout (from the office of Gil Gutknecht)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON ENERGY MARKETS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $407.00
source

Traveler: Adam Paulson (from the office of Peter King)
Destination: NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Paul Brotherton (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON THE OPERATIONS & OVERSIGHT OF ENERGY FUTURES MARKETS.
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $407.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Vinson (from the office of Peter Defazio)
Destination: VISIT NYMEX HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT HOW ENERGY COMMODITIES ARE TRADED IN THE NYMEX
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source

Traveler: Phoebe Riner (from the office of Evan Bayh)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ENERGY DERIVATIVES IN RELATION TO NYMEX
Date: Jul 1, 2002
Expense: $357.25
source

Traveler: Kristi Walseth (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH OIL & GAS TRADING ON THE NY MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Date: Jul 1, 2002
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: Ben Hansen (from the office of Ben Nelson)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Brack Hudson (from the office of Richard Shelby)
Destination: NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Kurt Kovarik (from the office of Charles Grassley)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $408.50
source

Traveler: Caroline Walling (from the office of Pat Roberts)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR AT NYMEX
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Jamie Karl (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: ENERGY TRADING SEMINAR
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Catharine Ackerson (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL VISIT REGARDING THE EXCHANGE OF ENERGY COMMODITIES
Date: Nov 22, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Rob Steptoe (from the office of Shelley Moore Capito)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Chris Otillio (from the office of Bob Ney)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR AT THE NYMEX
Date: Nov 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Brendon Weiss (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 22, 2002
Expense: $394.50
source

Traveler: Jon Hixson (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $691.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Moran (from the office of Jerry Moran)
Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $973.00
source

Traveler: Joe Barton (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Purpose: ATTEND NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL.
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,823.42
source

Traveler: Bruce Harris (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $325.00
source

Traveler: Consuela Washington (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY NY
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY FUTURES TRADING
Date: Dec 6, 2004
Expense: $445.45
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Traveler: Marilyn Musgrave (from the office of Marilyn Musgrave)
Destination: BOCA RATON RESORT AT CLUB BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT, FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION BOCA CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,723.43
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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.