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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 by*

Ali Amirhooshmand


Total cost of 25 trips: $46,408.77


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CONG STAFF VISIT WITH IT INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 18, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,025.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Association of Advertising Agencies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH AMERICAN ASSN OF ADVERTISING AGENCIES TO LEARN ABOUT INDUSTRY
Date: May 2, 2003
Expense: $681.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: CAMPUS VISIT AND TO MEET WITH EXECUTIVES
Date: May 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,999.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NAT'L CONVENTION FOR INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,474.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: TO MEET WITH RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVES REGARDING BUSINESS PRACTICES
Date: Jul 29, 2003
Expense: $577.94
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: USTA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,167.23
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS STATE AND FEDERAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES FACING THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,503.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $901.39
source

Destination: BERLIN-HEIDELBERG-STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose:
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,856.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: U.S. TELECOM ASSOCIATION & NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,501.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Fidelity Investments
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL STAFF EDUCATION SERIES
Date: Apr 16, 2004
Expense: $1,273.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: U.S.-MOROCCO RELATIONS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE U.S.-MOROCCO FTA.
Date: May 22, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $3,505.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MALAYSIA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: MEET WITH MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS TRADE AND COMMERCE ISSUES. MEETINGS WITH AMERICAN EMBASSY AND AMERICAN BUSINESS INTERESTS
Date: Aug 20, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,448.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Cliff Stearns

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CTIA ANNUAL CONVENTION-CONGRESSIONAL WIRELESS 2000
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,373.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: USTA'S 103RD ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXHIBITION
Date: Sep 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,527.59
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FL
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 9, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $679.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,771.15
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRIP REGARDING AMUSEMENT PARK SAFETY
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $903.24
source

Destination: LA, SAN JOSE, SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,602.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,721.13
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: MEET WITH CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,563.25
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT INDUSTRY & PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,126.84
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT BROADCAST ISSUES AFFECTING INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 5, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,460.65
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: VISIT WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS AND DISCUSS RECENT TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,510.86
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT & LEARN ABOUT ISSUES AFFECTING INDUSTRY
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ali Amirhooshmand.


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.