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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*

Jonathan Epstein


Total cost of 8 trips: $24,710.00


Trips traveled under the office of Jeff Bingaman

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON NUCLEAR AND FOSSIL ENERGY
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,740.00
source

Destination: JAPAN/TAIWAN
Sponsor: NATIONAL ELECTRICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOC/CHINESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $5,500.00
source

Destination: IRVINE, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Irvine
Purpose: INVITED LECTURE ON ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Date: May 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $680.00
source

Destination: ALMORO NETHERLANDS, AVIGNON FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: REVIEW FRONT END NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,760.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, HSINCHU; TAINAN TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: REVIEW SCIENCE AND TECH. POLICY AND SCIENCE PARKS
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,200.00
source

Destination: BANGALORE, CALCUTTA INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: ATTEND THE CONFEDERATION OF INDIAN INDUSTRIES PARTNERSHIP SUMMIT AND VISIT MEMBER INDUSTRIES
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $3,100.00
source

Destination: BLACKSBURG VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Virginia Tech
Purpose: DELIVER A SEMINAR ON SCIENCE IN THE CONGRESS
Date: Jan 26, 2005
Expense: $380.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, HSINCHU; TAIWAN
Sponsor: Sandia Science and Technology Park
Purpose: REVIEW SCIENCE AND TECH. POLICY AND SCIENCE PARKS
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,350.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jonathan Epstein.


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.