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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

Viacom Inc


Total cost of 25 trips: $21,490.45


Traveler: Jerrold Nadler (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: NYC-MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE & RETURN
Purpose: PANELIST ON "TURNING THE TABLES: POLITICIANS GRILL THE MEDIA"
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,033.00
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Traveler: Eric Schmeltzer (from the office of Jerrold Nadler)
Destination: NYC - MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE & RETURN
Purpose: ACCOMPANY MEMBER WHO WAS A PANELIST ON "TURNING THE TABLES: POLITICIANS GRIL THE MEDIA"
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $765.00
source

Traveler: Dennis Kucinich (from the office of Dennis Kucinich)
Destination: BOSTON, MA
Purpose: APPEAR AT A COMEDY FORUM IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Date: Jan 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Traveler: Dave Marventano (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,086.61
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,327.15
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON SUNDAY TALK SHOW
Date: Feb 11, 2001
Expense: $155.35
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON EARLY SHOW
Date: Mar 29, 2001
Expense: $103.56
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON SUNDAY TALK SHOW
Date: May 27, 2001
Expense: $77.68
source

Traveler: James Maloney (from the office of James Maloney)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Purpose: INTERVIEWS
Date: May 31, 2001
Expense: $370.00
source

Traveler: Jean Carnahan (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CBS "THE EARLY SHOW"
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $430.28
source

Traveler: Anthony Wyche (from the office of Jean Carnahan)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO STAFF SENATOR CARNAHAN DURING HER APPEARANCE ON CBS "THE EARLY SHOW"
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $430.28
source

Traveler: W.J. Tauzin (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: NYC
Purpose: MEETINGS RE. NATL. OWNERSHIP CAP & PROGRAM ACCESS
Date: Jul 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $681.20
source

Traveler: Joseph Lieberman (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: SENATOR WAS GUEST ON EARLY SHOW
Date: Sep 25, 2001
Expense: $155.35
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: APPEARANCE ON CBS NEWS' "THE EARLY SHOE"
Date: Jan 29, 2003
Expense: $103.56
source

Traveler: Joseph Biden (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: FORT MYERS, FL
Purpose: AUTO SERVICE IN FORT MYERS AREA FOR APPEARANCE ON "FACE THE NATION"
Date: Apr 11, 2004
Expense: $330.75
source

Traveler: Henry Bonilla (from the office of Henry Bonilla)
Destination: NY
Purpose: INTERVIEW ON THE DAILY SHOW
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,174.59
source

Traveler: Norm Coleman (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Purpose: TO APPEAR ON THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
Date: Aug 17, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.59
source

Traveler: Kristin Smith (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THE DTV TRANSITION WILL AFFECT CONSUMERS IN RURAL MONTANA
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,605.40
source

Traveler: Mark Anderson (from the office of Roy Blunt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EXECUTIVES OF CBS TELEVISION AND PARAMOUNT STUDIOS TO DISCUSS DECENCEY LEGISLATION AS WELL AS THE TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,605.40
source

Traveler: Jaylyn Jensen (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH CBS AND PARAMOUNT EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,366.40
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Purpose: TO VISIT VIACOM'S NEWS DIVISION AND MOVIE STUDIOS AND TO DISCUSS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES FACING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,632.40
source

Traveler: Maria Meier (from the office of Grace Napolitano)
Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Purpose: TO BECOME EDUCATED ON THE POLICY ISSUES AFFECTING THE TELEVISION AND MOVIE PICTURE INDUSTRY GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ON BROADCAST AND PIRACY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,725.10
source

Traveler: Linda Valter (from the office of Mary Bono)
Destination: PALM SPRINGS - LOS ANGELES
Purpose: IMPACTS ON MOVIE/TV INDUTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $806.40
source

Traveler: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (from the office of Debbie Wasserman Schultz)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: PRESS INTERVIEW-LIVE
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,421.70
source

Traveler: Daniel O'brien (from the office of Joseph Biden)
Destination: BOSTON MA
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY SENATOR BIDEN ON A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 19, 2005
Expense: $414.70
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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.