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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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    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*

Karl Anderson


Total cost of 8 trips: $15,128.14


Trips traveled under the office of George Nethercutt

Destination: WENATCHEE, WA
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT THE ROLE PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICTS PLAY IN WASHINGTON STATE
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,297.53
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: STARBUCKS, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, WASHINGTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER, SEATTLE MONORAIL, LABOR READY, AND PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT-FINDING TRIP TO VISIT SEATTLE AREA BUSINESSES AND NON-PROFIT ENTITIES
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.14
source

Destination: PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,178.41
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mike Simpson

Destination: TWO DAYS SPENT TOURING AREAS OF THE WILLAMETTE FOREST, PRIVATE FOREST LANDS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS.
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: TO SHOW STAFF ON-THE-GROUND EXAMPLES OF ISSUES AFFECTING FOREST MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS ON THE WEST COAST
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,467.25
source

Destination: SITE VISITS TO THE NATIONAL ELK REFUGE, BRIDGE-TATON NATIONAL FOREST, AND THE PLUEDALE RESOURCE AREA (BLM).
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Date: Aug 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $835.00
source

Destination: TOUR AND DISCUSSION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CO-OP FACILITIES.
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: VARIOUS SITE VISITS IN THE SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA AREA.
Sponsor: American Forest Resource Council
Purpose: TO VIEW EXAMPLES OF ISSUES AFFECTING FOREST MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,109.81
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,345.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Karl 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.