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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

Society for Womens Health Research


Total cost of 14 trips: $8,063.10


Traveler: Jennifer Griffith (from the office of Olympia Snowe)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $495.00
source

Traveler: Diana Degette (from the office of Diana Degette)
Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Purpose: SPEAK AT A FORUM ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,028.00
source

Traveler: Rhonda Richards (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: NEW YORK CITY - NEW YORK RENAISSANCE HOTEL
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2000
Expense: $239.10
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Traveler: Rhonda Richards (from the office of Barbara Mikulski)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Amy Slavin (from the office of Loretta Sanchez)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Keya Sanders (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: WOMEN'S LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES CONFERENCE
Purpose: TO DISCUSS WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVES FOR 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Apriel Hodari (from the office of Cynthia Mckinney)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cameron Gilreath (from the office of Judy Biggert)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cary Gibson (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TO LEARN ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Robin Bachman (from the office of Carolyn Maloney)
Destination: 1 1/2 DAY CONFERENCE & FIELD VISIT
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Carolyn Holmes (from the office of Sue Kelly)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Stacey Rampy (from the office of Anna Eshoo)
Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH STRATEGY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Shannon Darcy (from the office of Shelley Moore Capito)
Destination:
Purpose: WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source

Traveler: Cary Gibson (from the office of Shelley Berkley)
Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Purpose: EDUCATION CONFERENCE ON WOMEN'S HEALTH POLICY
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $511.00
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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.