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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*

John Dutton


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,128.71


Trips traveled under the office of Roy Blunt

Destination: WINTERGREEN, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $220.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: NATIONAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,373.50
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 14, 2000 (16 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, KISSIMMEE, KEY WEST FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION, FLORIDA MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY
Purpose: TOUR ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,663.60
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT/TELECOMMUNICATIONS PANEL
Date: Aug 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,913.45
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Ney

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.50
source

Destination: TOUR OF CONSOL ENERGY'S #84 MINE
Sponsor: NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN WATERWAYS OPERATORS
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $422.30
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: Smiths Group plc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,145.36
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Dutton.


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.