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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

American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt


Total cost of 32 trips: $94,788.68


Traveler: Heather West (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS REGARDING COMMERCE, ECONOMIC AND DEFENSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE U.S.
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $3,074.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Lester (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: LUXOR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF STUDY TRIP
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Stephen Francis (from the office of Patrick Tiberi)
Destination: CAIRO, LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, VISITS TO HISTORICAL & CULTURAL SITES
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Nicole Smith (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TRIP
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: David Ettinger (from the office of Sander Levin)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.01
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Traveler: David Tebbe (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & BUSINESSMAN
Purpose: FACT - FINDING MISSION
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: MEETINGS IN CAIRO, ONE DAY IN LUXOR AT US AID SITE
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
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Traveler: Corliss Clemonts-James (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN MINISTERS / AMCHAM / AUC PRESIDENT / PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY AND OTHERS
Purpose: TO IMPROVE US-ARAB RELATIONS
Date: Jan 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,753.00
source

Traveler: Lorianne Woodrow (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $5,391.30
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Traveler: Kimberly Nelson (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: CAIRO AND LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
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Traveler: Jill Kosch (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS REGARDING TRADE, ECONOMICS, COMMERCE AND DEFENSE FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNDERSTANDING U.S.-EGYPT TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
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Traveler: Anthony Reed (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Eric Bergren (from the office of Ron Lewis)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND POLICY MAKERS TO DISCUSS U.S.-EGYPTIAN BILATERAL RELATIONS, WITH A FOCUS ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.52
source

Traveler: William Rice (from the office of Robert Cramer)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.00
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Traveler: Adam Peterman (from the office of Jim Ramstad)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Matt Sonnesyn (from the office of Lamar Alexander)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO MONITOR EXPENDITURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN AID IN EGYPT AND TO EXAMINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S.-EGYPT TRADE
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
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Traveler: Mischa Thompson (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATING ON AMCHAM'S HISTORIC MISSION OF PROMOTING US-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Alan Tennille (from the office of Jerry Weller)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING REGARDING POTENTIAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EGYPT, THE CURRENT STATE OF MIDDLE EASTERN REGIONAL AFFAIRS, THE UNITED STATES - EGYPT INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP, LEARN ABOUT USAID WORK IN PRESERVATION OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQ
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Traveler: Jacob Abel (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. (DCA) - JFK - ZUNEN, SWITZERLAND - CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
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Traveler: Kristie Rodgers (from the office of Christopher Smith)
Destination: MEETINGS WITH SELECT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, PARLIAMENTAR. REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EGYPTIAN PRIVATE SECTOR
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-FOCUS ON TRADE AND INVESTMENT RELATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CONCERNS IN EGYPT
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
source

Traveler: Jerry Hartz (from the office of Nancy Pelosi)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
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Traveler: Lori Rowley (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: FACT FINDING: US-EGYPT RELATIONS - FOREIGN AID, TRADE, EDUCATION, INTELLIGENCE, AGRICULTURE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,602.00
source

Traveler: Howard Diamond (from the office of Gary Ackerman)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $1,775.45
source

Traveler: Margaret Wicker (from the office of Thad Cochran)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source

Traveler: Jeannette Windon (from the office of Mark Kirk)
Destination: CAIRO EGYPT
Purpose: U.S.-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS-MIDDLE EAST POLICY-U.S. ASSISTANCE TO EGYPT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Traveler: Lisa Boyd (from the office of Brian Baird)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS, VISIT USAID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $3,500.00
source

Traveler: Brian Quintenz (from the office of Deborah Pryce)
Destination: LUXAR
Purpose: FOREIGN AFFAIRS MEETING INT'L TRADE BRIEFINGS, US AID BRIEFINGS
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $2,663.15
source

Traveler: Lorianne Woodrow (from the office of Norm Coleman)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source

Traveler: Kevin Fitzpatrick (from the office of Steve Chabot)
Destination: EGYPT
Purpose: MEET WITH SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BUSINESS LEADERS, TOUR ANTIQUITY SITES, US AID PROJECTS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,793.15
source

Traveler: Larry Lavender (from the office of Spencer Bachus)
Destination: LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.00
source

Traveler: Ken Cummings (from the office of Chris Van Hollen)
Destination: CAIRO
Purpose: VISIT OF GOV'T OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,663.15
source

Traveler: Molly Miller (from the office of Thomas Tancredo)
Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT-LUXOR, EGYPT
Purpose: TO ENGAGE HIGH-LEVEL EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSPEOPLE ON ISSUES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE TO THE US AND EGYPT
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
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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.