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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

University of Arkansas


Total cost of 9 trips: $6,811.31


Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Purpose: CONFERENCE SPEAKER AT THE RURAL LIFE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $327.50
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER * 11TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE GALA
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $150.00
source

Traveler: Brandon Mcbride (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR, PINE BLUFF, AR, STUTTGART, AR, CONWAY, AR, GRAVELTA, AR, ERYETTEVILLE
Purpose: TO VISIT AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE IN EACH COMMUNITY
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Robert Holifield (from the office of Blanche Lincoln)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH FACILITIES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Andrew Grobmyer (from the office of Mark Pryor)
Destination: ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK, MONTICELLO, PINE BLUFF, STUTTGART, FAYETTEVILLE
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES AND THE UNIVERSITY'S DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Nathan Read (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: MONTICELLO, AR-FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $857.01
source

Traveler: Charlotte Shasteen (from the office of John Boozman)
Destination: LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT AGRICULTURAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.18
source

Traveler: James Savage (from the office of Vic Snyder)
Destination: ARKANSAS
Purpose: TOUR OF AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS THAT RECEIVE PORTIONS OF THEIR FUNDING FROM FEDERAL SOURCES
Date: Sep 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $822.01
source

Traveler: Christopher Causey (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NORTHWEST REGIONAL AIRPORT (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE EXTENSION SERVICE PROGRAMS. THESE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS INCLUDE THE BEEF IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND THE FOOD SAFETY CONSORTIUM
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $680.58
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.