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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*

Jeff Donarski


Total cost of 9 trips: $18,624.65


Trips traveled under the office of Xavier Becerra

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AT CSHS
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,862.40
source

Destination: PASADENA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NHPF LOS ANGELES MANAGED CARE SITE VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $691.39
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Environment Industry Association
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT DISCUSSING FEDERAL TAX POLICY AT WASTEEXPO 2002
Date: May 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $882.92
source

Destination: GREATER SAN DIEGO/LA JOLLA REGION
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: VISIT PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES AND ATTEND POLICY LECTURES
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,963.24
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Annie E Casey Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, LBJ SCHOOL ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR FAMILIES LIVING NEAR THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $696.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE BOND MARKETS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $705.70
source

Destination: THE NETHERLANDS (AMSTERDAM AND THE HAGUE)-BELGIUM (BRUSSELS)-POLAND (WARSAW)
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: THE TRIP WAS A FACT-FINDING TRIP INCLUDING A NUMBER OF MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BRIEFINGS ON TAX-RELATED ISSUES
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,303.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Lafalce

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,565.00
source

Destination: BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: American Council on Germany
Purpose: 22ND AMERICAN-GERMAN YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,955.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeff Donarski.


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.