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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*

Courtney Anderson


Total cost of 20 trips: $28,604.12


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Brownback

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,975.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $933.43
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Shimkus

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Ethyl Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $501.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-CHASE MANHATTAN BANK & GOLDMAN SACH'S BANK
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 7, 2000
Expense: $271.50
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FL
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL; HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: ABC CHARTERS INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $887.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, NYC
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $851.00
source

Destination: REPUBLIC OF YEMEN
Sponsor: Thabet Group
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,453.00
source

Destination: VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 22, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,208.40
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,641.15
source

Destination: DURHAM, N.C.
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 4, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,238.71
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $910.42
source

Destination: TALLIN, ESTONIA AND RIGA, LATVIA
Sponsor: Potomac Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $2,500.42
source

Destination: BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: Atlantic Council of the United States
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,394.31
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,005.51
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,214.88
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,546.97
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,677.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Courtney Anderson.


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.