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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

University of Rochester


Total cost of 10 trips: $8,658.75


Traveler: Francesca Tedesco (from the office of Amory Houghton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: FACT FINDING SEMINAR ON GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 24, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $728.88
source

Traveler: Nicole Rutberg (from the office of Charles Schumer)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,020.18
source

Traveler: Jennifer Ubelhart (from the office of Vito Fossella)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
Purpose: FACT FINDING-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $959.57
source

Traveler: Tina Mufford (from the office of Thomas Reynolds)
Destination: "PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION"
Purpose: TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS AND CHALLENGES OF MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND TEACHING HOSPITALS.
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $381.38
source

Traveler: Sally Schaeffer (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination:
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT MEDICAL SCHOOL EDUCATION AND FEDERAL PUBLIC POLICY IMPACTING TEACHING HOSPITALS
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.18
source

Traveler: Cynthia Johnson (from the office of Louise Mcintosh Slaughter)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTERS
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,052.18
source

Traveler: Katharine Bowen (from the office of John Lafalce)
Destination: BUF
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
Date: Aug 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $894.38
source

Traveler: Hillary Clinton (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY TO WHITE PLAINS
Purpose:
Date: Oct 11, 2002
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Huma Abedin (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NY TO WHITE PLAINS, NY
Purpose: ACCOMPANY SENATOR TO OFFICIAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 11, 2002
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Traveler: Kerk Phillips (from the office of Robert Bennett)
Destination: ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
Purpose: PRESENT ACADEMIC PAPER
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $370.00
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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

  • 09.17.14

    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.