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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

  • 09.11.14

    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 Workforce Association (NWA)


Total cost of 7 trips: $6,629.19


Traveler: John Spratt (from the office of John Spratt)
Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Purpose: GEN. SESSION SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE (BUDGET)
Date: Dec 7, 2003
Expense: $1,295.50
source

Traveler: Alex Nock (from the office of George Miller)
Destination: ST. PETESBURG, FL
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $487.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Milburn (from the office of John Boehner)
Destination: TAMPA, FL
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGARDING REAUTHORIZATION OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT
Date: Dec 8, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Traveler: Kent Conrad (from the office of Kent Conrad)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLA
Purpose: TO ADDRESS NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $814.29
source

Traveler: Christopher Mansour (from the office of Dale Kildee)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG FL
Purpose: ATTENDING NWA NATIONAL CONVENTION AND SPEAKING ON A PANEL
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $794.40
source

Traveler: Jon Porter (from the office of Jon Porter)
Destination: ST. PETERSBURG
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,455.10
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: NORFOLK, VA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Dec 5, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,257.90
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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.