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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*

Angela Ellard


Total cost of 11 trips: $22,105.28


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Archer

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy
Purpose: SPEAK AT EVENT AT CHINESE CONSULATE HOSTED BY POWELL, GOLDSTEIN TO EDUCATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ABOUT CHINESE ACCESSION TO WTI
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $775.44
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: SPEAK AT 18TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $851.30
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Thomas

Destination: SINGAPORE - HANOI (VIETNAM) - HOCHI MINH CITY (VIETN)
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: ACCOMPANY CONGRESSMAN CRANE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC MISSION TO MEET WITHU.S. AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $9,781.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: American Association of Exporters & Importers
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 21, 2002
Expense: $500.02
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: CONFERENCE BOARD
Purpose: SPEAK TO GLOBAL ADVISORY COUNCIL OF THE CONFERENCE BOARD ON TRADE ISSUES
Date: Feb 25, 2003
Expense: $671.70
source

Destination: PHNOM PENH
Sponsor: US-ASEAN BUSINESS COUNCIL PAID FOR AIR TRAVEL GOVTS OF THAILAND & CAMBODIA PAID FOR IN COUNTRY EXPENSES
Purpose: MEET W/ U.S., THAI, & CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND U.S. BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,953.50
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON THE TRADE POLICY AGENDA; PARTICIPATE IN OTHER CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,593.72
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.40
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: National Retail Federation
Purpose: SPEECH AT TRADE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Jan 17, 2005
Expense: $336.00
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FL
Sponsor: U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & ASSN OF AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: LUNCH SPEAKER
Date: Jan 28, 2005
Expense: $307.20
source

Destination: SAN SALVADOR-GUATEMALA CITY
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: PREPARATION & FACT GATHERING FOR CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION OF CENTRAL AMERICA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,165.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Angela Ellard.


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.