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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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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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  • 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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Linda Forbes


Total cost of 13 trips: $19,488.03


Trips traveled under the office of Evan Bayh

Destination: KEY LARGO, FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO ATTEND DLC RETREAT EXPENSES ARE DETAILED ON ATTACHED SHEET
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,452.73
source

Destination: HARRISBURG, PA AND COLUMBUS, OH
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF THE SENATOR AS HE VISITS STATE LEGISLATORS IN HIS ROLE AS DLC CHAIR
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $2,125.00
source

Destination: INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE DLC NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 14, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $838.87
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: TO SUPPORT SEN. BAYH AT DLC EVENTS
Date: Oct 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $424.56
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,906.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LINDA MOORE FORBES TRAVELED TO NEW YORK TO ATTEND THE DLC'S PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY PROJECT RETREAT
Date: Dec 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER OF WARRENTON, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: LINDA MOORE FORBES TRAVELED TO WARRENTON, VIRGINIA TO ATTEND THE DLC'S 2003 CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2003
Expense: $120.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; GENEVA, SWITZERLAND; LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING VISITS TO MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING FACILITIES OF US COMPANIES
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $4,815.58
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLICY RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,279.63
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR BAYH FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING
Date: Dec 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $291.75
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S SENATE CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,547.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR EVAN BAYH FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S ANNUAL SPRING RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,034.18
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ATTEND DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,227.33
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Linda Forbes.


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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.