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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*

Brian Diffell


Total cost of 12 trips: $48,544.73


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: REPUPBLIC OF KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,883.53
source

Destination: MALAYSIA
Sponsor: US-Malaysia Exchange Association
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,266.77
source

Destination: GENEVA
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AT WTO
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,420.00
source

Destination: MUNICH - BRUSSELS - BERLIN
Sponsor: Hanns Seidel Foundation
Purpose: TRANS-ATLANTIC RELATIONS STAFF DELEGATION
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,187.84
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: STUDYING BILATERAL RELATIONS & ISSUES FACING THE U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONSHIP - STAFF DELEGATION.
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: NY - JERUSALEM
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,582.81
source

Destination: ST LOUIS-BANGKOK-PHNAM PANH-WASH, DC
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TRADE DISCUSSIONS (FTA THAILAND, WTO CAMBODIA)
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Destination: PANAMA CITY
Sponsor: US Panama Business Council
Purpose: U.S.-PANAMA FTA-TRADE DISCUSSIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,558.75
source

Destination: BERLIN-HEIDELBERG-STATTGERT GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE / CONGRESSIONAL STUDY TOUR
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,855.99
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH EU PARLIAMENT STAFF LEG 1 OF STAFF EXCHANGE PROGRAM W/ EU PARLIAMENT
Date: Apr 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,090.00
source

Destination: TURKEY
Sponsor: American-Turkish Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING ON TRANSATLANTIC AFFAIRS, MIDDLE EAST POLICY ISSUES, INTERNAL TURKISH AFFAIRS
Date: Aug 13, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $7,511.92
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DEHLI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS, VISITING A CALL CENTER, AND TRAVELING IN INDIA GETTING TO KNOW HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE CULTURE AND PEOPLE
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,789.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Diffell.


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.