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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

Providian Financial Corporation


Total cost of 12 trips: $26,858.43


Traveler: Glen Tait (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: CREDIT CARD BANKING COMMITTEE ISSUES
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,487.00
source

Traveler: Greg Davis (from the office of Charles Gonzalez)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,763.43
source

Traveler: Lisa Mortier (from the office of Richard Baker)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,717.00
source

Traveler: Kerry Ann Hickey (from the office of Peter King)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,694.00
source

Traveler: Sean Petersen (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,044.00
source

Traveler: Kevin Casey (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination:
Purpose: BUSINESS - LEARN ABOUT CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,178.00
source

Traveler: Elan Liang (from the office of Pete Sessions)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT FINANCIAL SERVICES & CREDIT CARD OPERATIONS
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Steve Patterson (from the office of Jim Bunning)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: U.S.A. PROVIDING FINANCIAL CORP'S HANDYWORKERS AND LOGIN ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,275.00
source

Traveler: Mike Mckay (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: NEW YORK -PHOENIX, AZ-SAN FRANCISCO-ST. LOUIS-NYC/KENNEDY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING - EDUCATIONAL ISSUES.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Purpose:
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Mcdaniels (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ST LOUIS TO SAN FRANCISCO
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON CREDIT/BANKING ISSUES
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
source

Traveler: Sandy Sussman (from the office of Frank Mascara)
Destination: SAN FRANCISCO - PROVIDRAN TRIP
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,140.00
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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.