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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

News Corporation Ltd


Total cost of 53 trips: $95,631.63


Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: KNOXVILLE-NEW YORK-DC
Purpose: TOWN HALL MEETING-SPEAKER
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,051.00
source

Traveler: Linda Bloss-Baum (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose:
Date: Nov 30, 2000
Expense: $2,085.00
source

Traveler: John Lopez (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING/TRIP
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,897.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Vermilye (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CAL
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,897.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Rosenberg (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION TRIP
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,957.00
source

Traveler: Steven Wall (from the office of Trent Lott)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION CONFERENCE / FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,921.00
source

Traveler: Anna Sagely (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,897.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY
Date: Mar 25, 2001
Expense: $94.40
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON FOX NEWS SUNDAY
Date: May 27, 2001
Expense: $86.54
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Purpose: SENATOR APPEAR IN STUDIO FOR FOX NEWS SUNDAY INTERVIEW
Date: Oct 7, 2001
Expense: $127.80
source

Traveler: Michael Sullivan (from the office of Mary Bono)
Destination: DC-LOS ANGELES
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-BROADCAST, DTV, COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,358.00
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Traveler: James French (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: L.A.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,058.00
source

Traveler: Brandon Steinmann (from the office of Ric Keller)
Destination:
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP ANALYZING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY/COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Ali Amirhooshmand (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT & LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Eric Johnson (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Wallace (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination:
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ EXECUTIVES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source

Traveler: Robert Stien (from the office of Lee Terry)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, LA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION & RELATED ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Jeffrey Carroll (from the office of Frank Pallone)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT ON DIGITAL TELEVISION
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Brendon Weiss (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Anna Sagely (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Nick Kolovos (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON ISSUES FACING CONTENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Kugler (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION
Date: May 29, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Traveler: Heather Herndon (from the office of Nathan Deal)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,402.00
source

Traveler: Neil Fried (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: ROUNDTRIP DC TO LOS ANGELES
Purpose: ATTEND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS AMONG FOX EXECUTIVES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING BALANCING CREATIVITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN BROADCAST CONTENT.
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,274.89
source

Traveler: Kelly Zerzan (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING CURRENCY
Date: Feb 5, 2004
Expense: $1,504.00
source

Traveler: Courtney Anderson (from the office of Sam Brownback)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Ed Mcdonald (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING THE BROADCASTING AND FILM INDUSTRIES AND TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS AND TOUR FACILITIES IMPACTED BY THOSE ISSUES.
Date: May 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Andrew Kugler (from the office of Zoe Lofgren)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO MEET WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION. MEETINGS WILL ADDRESS DIGITAL TV TRANSITION, PROGRAMMING, AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: May 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,055.00
source

Traveler: William Smith (from the office of Jeff Sessions)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: IP, FCC ISSUES
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Jaylyn Jensen (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination:
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH T.V. & FILM EXECS
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Rebecca Hyder (from the office of Michael Bilirakis)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM TO DISCUSS A VARIETY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS/JUDICIARY ISSUES INCLUDING BROADCAST INDECENCY, PIRACY AND COPYRIGHT PROTECTIONS, BROADCAST CABLE AND SATELLITE REGULATORY ISSUES.
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Matthew Chiller (from the office of Peter Deutsch)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Stacey Dansky (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT NEWS CORPORATIONS VARIOUS DIVISIONS AND TO DISCUSS ISSUES SURROUNDING THE COMPANY AND THE INDUSTRY
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Ted Kalo (from the office of John Conyers)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A STAFF SYMPOSIUM ON ISSUES FACING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Michael Mullen (from the office of Mike Doyle)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: FACT FINDING/STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Janet Poppleton (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: D.C.-LOS ANGELES
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATED TO BROADCAST, CABLE, SATELLITE AND PIRACY
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Carolyn Hensarling (from the office of Henry Bonilla)
Destination: DC-LA-SA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: James Hill (from the office of Cliff Stearns)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: (DIGITAL TV TRANSITION AND BROADCAST INDCENCY ISSUES) CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Traveler: Cameron Gilreath (from the office of Lamar Smith)
Destination: WASH DC-LOS ANGELES
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,985.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Goldstein (from the office of Dan Lungren)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: FOCUSING ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATED TO TELEVISION & FILM, INCLUDING COPYRIGHT & DECENCY ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $1,280.00
source

Traveler: Paige Anderson (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: ONT
Purpose: EDUCATION AND FACT FINDING TRIP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Joyce Brayboy (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF HIGH LEVEL SESSIONS ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES RELATED TO BROADCAST, CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION THAT CONGRESS WILL FACE DURING THE 109TH
Date: May 28, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Jennice Fuentes (from the office of Luis Gutierrez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Gustafson (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: POLICY RELATED TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MATTERS, INCLUDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, BROADCAST STANDARDS, AND COMMUNICATIONS
Date: May 31, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,770.00
source

Traveler: Jason Scism (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: TAMPA, FL-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASH., DC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO DISCUSS REGULATORY ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Ed Mcdonald (from the office of Howard Coble)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT TO BE BRIEFED ON ISSUES FACING THE BROADCASTING INDUSTRY
Date: May 31, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Stack (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: MEET WITH NEW CORP EXECUTIVES FROM VARIOUS BUSINESS DIVISIONS IN THE COMPANY TO LEARN HOW LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATING TO BROADCAST, CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION AFFECT
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,685.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Bellamy (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATED TO BROADCAST, CABLE AND SATELLITE TELEVISION
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,661.00
source

Traveler: Monique Frazier (from the office of Mike Ross)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,661.00
source

Traveler: Dave Grimaldi (from the office of Edolphus Towns)
Destination: LAX
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: VISIT NEWS CORPORATION'S FACILITIES AND MEET WITH KEY EXECUTIVES IN THE COMPANY. THE PRIMARY FOCUS WAS TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE INDUSTRY.
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.00
source

Traveler: Ted Maness (from the office of George Radanovich)
Destination: LOS ANGELES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Traveler: Mark Anderson (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES PERTAINING TO BROADCAST FLAG, DECENCY, AND PIRACY. ALSO, THE TRIP INVOLVED AND OVERVIEW OF NEWS CORPORATION'S VARIOUS BUSINESSES AS WELL AS INSIGHT INTO THEIR FUTURE PLANS FOR BOTH MOVIES AND TELEVISION
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
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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.