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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 by*

Christopher Causey


Total cost of 6 trips: $8,238.47


Trips traveled under the office of Marion Berry

Destination: VARIOUS MEETING WITH FARM CREDIT OFFICIALS, FARMERS AND ACADEMICS
Sponsor: AgHeritage Farm Credit Services
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR ON FARM CREDIT SERVICES
Date: Nov 22, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $568.95
source

Destination: TOURED REFINERY, PROCESSING, AND HORVESTING SUGAR CANE OPERATIONS
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE, SUGARCANE GROWERS COOP OF FLORIDA
Purpose: INFORMATION AND FACT-FINDING ON SUGAR CANE OPERATIONS AND HOW GOVT. PROGRAM AFFECT THEM
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $840.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: GILLETTE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TOUR OF NORTH ANTELOPE COAL MINE, LEARNED FIRST HAND ABOUT THE COAL INDUSTRY ON ISSUES RANGING FROM NEW COAL TECHNOLOGIES TO MINE SAFETY ISSUES
Date: Jul 10, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $878.94
source

Destination: SOUTH FLORIDA AREA INCLUDING MIAMI, KEY LARGO, AND HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON EXOTIC, ORNAMENTAL AND SPECIALTY CROP AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $950.00
source

Destination: REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TO NORTHWEST REGIONAL AIRPORT (FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS)
Sponsor: University of 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



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Causey.


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.