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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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    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

University of Phoenix


Total cost of 15 trips: $14,418.86


Traveler: Charles Barone (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $539.00
source

Traveler: George Miller (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, BRIEFING ON UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,363.50
source

Traveler: Sherry Harper (from the office of Ron Kind)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - PHOENIX
Purpose: VISIT THE CAMPUS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $638.00
source

Traveler: James Kvaal (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS
Purpose: TOUR TWO CAMPUSES, MEETINGS WITH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS & HRD STAFF
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TOUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN PHOENIX AND IN VEGAS, MEET WITH UNIVERSITY, OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $648.11
source

Traveler: Todd Haiken (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR REAUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,270.00
source

Traveler: Allen Fleming (from the office of Michael Enzi)
Destination: PHOENIX ARIZONA
Purpose: VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX FLAGSHIP CAMPUS AND DISTANCE LEARNING CENTER IN PHOENIX, AZ
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,259.50
source

Traveler: Greg Johnston (from the office of John Carter)
Destination: PHOENIX FOR FACT FINDING TRIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Rachel Post (from the office of Vernon Ehlers)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: DISTANCE EDUCATION/HIGHER EDUCATION FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,037.89
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING MEETING ON HIGHER ED ISSUES
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Traveler: Nora Smith (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO PREPARE FOR HEA REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,215.50
source

Traveler: Sarah Rittling (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: PHOENIX
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Traveler: Angela Klemack (from the office of Patrick Tiberi)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UOP'S EXTENSIVE ON-LINE EDUCATION PROGRAMS; CONSIDER NEW POLICY FOR THE HIGHER ED. REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,041.50
source

Traveler: Ellynne Bannan (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: DCA-PHOENIX, AZ ROUNDTRIP
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITIES & DISTANCE EDUCATION
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $612.25
source

Traveler: Heath Weems (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX AND THEIR PERSPECTIVES ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $642.00
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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.