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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*

Ann Copland


Total cost of 7 trips: $16,180.50


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Sponsor: THE FLORIDA LAW RELATED EDUCATION ASSOC. & JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE
Purpose: US DELEGATION TO HUNGARY OF THE CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION CIVITAS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,615.00
source

Destination: NY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Association of America's Public Television Stations (APTS)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS OF READY TO LEARN PRODUCERS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL PUBLISHERS
Date: Jan 30, 2002
Expense: $470.00
source

Destination: SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: OBSERVE AND MEET WITH CIVITAS CLASSROOMS, TEACHERS AND STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,196.50
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND OVERSIGHT OF EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM FOR RUSSIAN EDUCATORS BY U.S. DEPT OF ED SPONSORED EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Date: Dec 11, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $1,117.00
source

Destination: GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: Achievement Technologies Inc
Purpose: VISIT SCHOOLS, OBSERVE SPECIALIZED EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE IN USE BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Center for Civic Education
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO SCHOOLS TO OBSERVE ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED AS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE US CENTER FOR CIVIC EDUCATION, IN AND AROUND PRAGUE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC; VISIT W/ AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AND CZECH REPUBLIC EDUCATION MINIST
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,172.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN INFORMATIVE BRIEFINGS BY TAIWAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LOCAL OFFICIALS, AND CIVIC ENTITIES, WITH OTHER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Mar 20, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $7,210.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ann Copland.


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.