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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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  • 09.04.14

    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

National Association of Federally Impacted Schools


Total cost of 10 trips: $13,649.74


Traveler: Robert Holmes (from the office of J.D. Hayworth)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO GIVE A SPEECH AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 2, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,389.33
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of William Goodling)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERALLY IMPACTED SCHOOLS TO DISCUSS REAUTHORIZATION OF THE IMPACT AID PROGRAM
Date: Feb 2, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,225.51
source

Traveler: Lynn Selmser (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination:
Purpose:
Date: Feb 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,601.39
source

Traveler: Erin Strawn (from the office of Randy Cunningham)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NAFIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination:
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $725.00
source

Traveler: Jana Weir (from the office of Robin Hayes)
Destination: WASH DC-LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Traveler: Sally Lovejoy (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: VEGAS
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS IMPACT AID PROGRAM
Date: Feb 4, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,176.34
source

Traveler: Erin Strawn (from the office of Randy Cunningham)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NAFIS REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN INFORMATION SHARING SESSIONS
Date: Feb 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source

Traveler: Cynthia Vukmer (from the office of James Inhofe)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING; SPEAKING AT CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,371.43
source

Traveler: Colin Sheldon (from the office of Norman Dicks)
Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER, PANELIST AND PARTICIPANT
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $755.74
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.