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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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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

Amistad America


Total cost of 15 trips: $27,979.39


Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination: DC TO MYSTIC CT TO NY
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR FOR CBCF
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $954.49
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,300.92
source

Traveler: Earl Hilliard (from the office of Earl Hilliard)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,792.10
source

Traveler: Elliot Ginsberg (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $930.58
source

Traveler: George Shevlin (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.44
source

Traveler: Holly Canevari (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEAPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,564.46
source

Traveler: John Larson (from the office of John Larson)
Destination: LEDYARD, MYSTIC SEPORT AND HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,339.99
source

Traveler: Carrie Meek (from the office of Carrie Meek)
Destination: HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,969.59
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,239.36
source

Traveler: Eva Clayton (from the office of Eva Clayton)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, AND HARTFORT, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,443.76
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: MYSTIC CONNECTICUT
Purpose: REVISIT THE AMISTAD
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,794.36
source

Traveler: Andrea Martin (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,967.88
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD & HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,002.88
source

Traveler: Michael Elazier (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: MYSTIC SEA PORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORD, CT
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,946.88
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MYSTIC, CT
Purpose: LAUNCHING OF THE RECREATED FREEDOM SCHOONER AMISTAD
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $167.70
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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.