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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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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

Pfizer Inc


Total cost of 12 trips: $21,449.95


Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK & GROTON, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: TO MEET WITH PFIZER EXECUTIVES AND TOUR THE PFIZER GLOBAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,400.00
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAKING TO GROUP OF PFIZER EXECUTIVES/PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,929.00
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Purpose: SPEAK TO A GROUP OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES
Date: Aug 28, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,433.72
source

Traveler: Orrin Hatch (from the office of Orrin Hatch)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: PFIZER MEDICAL FUTURES FORUM - SPEECH
Date: Oct 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $569.00
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK TO DC
Purpose: MEET WITH PFIZER EXECUTIVES
Date: Aug 31, 2003
Expense: $764.00
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: STX-PR
Purpose: CARIBBEAN SUMMIT MEETING ON HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,532.39
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: WELLINGTON, FL
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE MEDICAL CENTERS GOALS AND CONCERNS REGARDING SENATES NEW HEALTH CARE INCENTIVES
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,515.00
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: SPEAKER FOR PFIZER CORPORATE PLANNING MEETING
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,886.30
source

Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,667.68
source

Traveler: Loretta Sanchez (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: LOS ANGELES-MIAMI-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,310.15
source

Traveler: John Breaux (from the office of John Breaux)
Destination: NEW YORK
Purpose: TO ADDRESS SENIOR EXECUTIVES OF PFIZER AT THEIR MONTLY BOARD MEETING. ATTENDED LUNCHEON AND DINNER MEETINGS
Date: Sep 2, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,717.71
source

Traveler: Jennifer Grodsky (from the office of Hilda Solis)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: TALK WITH PFIZER'S LATINO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
Date: Nov 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $725.00
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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.