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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.

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.

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*

Dan Archer


Total cost of 9 trips: $17,812.73


Trips traveled under the office of Chuck Hagel

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ABA ANNUAL CONFERENCE-ADDRESSING MEMBERS ON SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,673.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIAR RESORT, WEST SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Sponsor: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Purpose: ANNUAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON INSURANCE INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: HAVANNA, CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO EXPLORE OPENING TRADE WITH CUBA
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,258.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ATTEND THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION; PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,180.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Oct 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $754.28
source

Destination: FRANCE & BRITAIN
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: STAFF FACT FINDING TRIP ON US-TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,175.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bear Stearns & Co
Purpose: BRIEFING ON NY SE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: BEIRUT, LEBANON AND SYRIA
Sponsor: American Task Force for Lebanon
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP - MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: May 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,812.36
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Visa USA Inc
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AT VISA HEADQUARTERS, CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,459.59
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Dan Archer.


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.