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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*

Ben Cline


Total cost of 12 trips: $16,039.53


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, WA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON PANEL TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK FOR YEAR
Date: Mar 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $557.05
source

Destination: PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON HR 1686
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,973.82
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SUMMIT ON PRIVACY ISSUES
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $472.12
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,417.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: NAB 2001 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,466.33
source

Destination: DURHAM, NC
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF INFORMATION TRIP
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.21
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA; LOS ANGELES, CA; SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: PRIVACY SUMMIT
Date: Oct 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $491.41
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,733.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,860.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING-NCTA CONVENTION
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ben Cline.


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.