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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

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta


Total cost of 13 trips: $13,954.59


Traveler: Kate Scheeler (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: ATTEND BRIEFING BY FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF ATLANTA FROM STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE OF FHLB, REGULATORY REFORM OF GSES, DEPOSIT INSURANCE REFORM
Date: Jun 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Traveler: Erika Jeffers (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: BRIEFING AT WACHOVIA HEADQUARTERS AND STAFF TOUR OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARLOTTE, NC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK SYSTEM AND DISCUSSION ABOUT BANK MERGERS WITH WACHOVIA
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,504.19
source

Traveler: Robert Griner (from the office of David Scott)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
source

Traveler: Christal Sheppard (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: ATLANTA AIRPORT
Purpose: TO UNDERSTAND THE GSES, THE FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANKS AND THE SECURITIZATION PROCESS
Date: May 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,032.70
source

Traveler: Emily Pfeiffer (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $960.00
source

Traveler: Katherine Tromble (from the office of Artur Davis)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: TO FAMILIARIZE STAFF WITH THE OPERATIONS OF THE FHL BANK AND ITS CURRENT PROGRAMS RELATED TO HOUSING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $815.00
source

Traveler: Donald Auerbach (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: ATLANTA
Purpose: REVIEW FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK FIRSTHAND AND REVIEW BANK POLICIES
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Greg Thomas (from the office of J. Gresham Barrett)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP.
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
source

Traveler: Gerald O'shea (from the office of Jeb Hensarling)
Destination:
Purpose: FACT FINDING / EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.70
source

Traveler: Benjamin Mckay (from the office of Katherine Harris)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,243.70
source

Traveler: Sherry Dudley (from the office of Tom Feeney)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: FINANCIAL SERVICES STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,092.70
source

Traveler: Glen Downs (from the office of Walter Jones)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,258.20
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

  • 09.11.14

    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.