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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

University of Michigan


Total cost of 17 trips: $14,421.24


Traveler: Kimberly Teehee (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PANELIST FOR INDIAN LAW DAY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $360.00
source

Traveler: Jennifer Chock (from the office of Daniel Inouye)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: GAVE SPEECH REGARDING RICE V. CAYETANO TO LAW STUDENTS
Date: Apr 11, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,123.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: AUBURN HILLS, MI
Purpose: SPRING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING (CONG. LANTOS IS A BOARD MEMBER)
Date: May 8, 2000
Expense: $545.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Sawyer (from the office of Thomas Sawyer)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FL-DETROIT-DC
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,158.50
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN U OF M BUSINESS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Date: May 4, 2001
Expense: $1,149.63
source

Traveler: Julianne Gade (from the office of Joseph Knollenberg)
Destination: MICHIGAN
Purpose: TOUR MICHIGAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (3)
Date: Aug 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,268.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: BALTIMORE, MD-ANN ARBOR, MI-NEW YORK, NY-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FALL BOARD MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,353.26
source

Traveler: Michael Zamore (from the office of Patrick Kennedy)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT MEETING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,211.98
source

Traveler: Harold Ford (from the office of Harold Ford)
Destination: MEMPHIS, TN-DETROIT, MI-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SPEECH TO GRADUATING CLASS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,090.50
source

Traveler: John Buckley (from the office of Charles Rangel)
Destination: ARM HARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON TAXATION OF FINANCING PRODUCT
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: DETROIT, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $925.29
source

Traveler: John Ford (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: SPEECH AT BIOTECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM
Date: Feb 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $488.79
source

Traveler: Ned Newland (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
Purpose: CORPORATE TAX SEMINAR
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $280.41
source

Traveler: John Navratil (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX POLICY
Date: May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $535.40
source

Traveler: David Lenter (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE TAX
Date: May 5, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $490.40
source

Traveler: Tom Lantos (from the office of Tom Lantos)
Destination: ANN ARBOR, MI
Purpose: BOARD MEETING OF THE WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $732.08
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.