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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.

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.

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 by*

Michael Castellano


Total cost of 8 trips: $18,469.97


Trips traveled under the office of Sander Levin

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACTFINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,950.00
source

Destination: CAMBODIA
Sponsor: Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $1,002.60
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: NFTC SPRING TAX COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,560.29
source

Destination: ZURICH-GENEVA
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WTO MEETINGS
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,596.70
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: MOTOR AND EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS ASSOC
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 1, 2003
Expense: $1,022.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOP ON HEALTH CARE
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $435.00
source

Destination: JFK-CASABLANCA, MOROCCO-TANGIER-CASABLANCA-JFK
Sponsor: TANGIER AMERICAN LEGATION MUSEUM SOCIETY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN US-MOROCCO FTA SEMINAR
Date: Apr 6, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,131.10
source

Destination: BOSTON-CARTAGENA-BOGATA-WASH, DC
Sponsor: US-Colombia Business Partnership
Purpose: STAFF STUDY MISSION TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ISSUES OF CONCERN IN U.S.-COLOMBIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,772.28
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael Castellano.


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.