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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*

Amanda Foster


Total cost of 6 trips: $9,958.61


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: National Mining Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE MINING INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $837.50
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX-DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS, DELL, HEWLETT PACKARD, INTEL, SOLECTRON, AND TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
Purpose: TO SEE THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE INDUSTRY IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY, AND HOW FEDERAL POLICY AFFECTS THE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.84
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Dominion Resources Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR AND BRIEFINGS ON ENERGY ISSUES, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, AND SPENT FUEL
Date: Mar 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $429.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SILICON VALLEY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CUTTING-EDGE ISSUES AFFECTING THE IT INDUSTRY FROM KEY LEADERS IN THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,688.62
source

Destination: CENTRAL VIRGINIA (CULPEPER, MADISON, WARRENTON AREA)
Sponsor: VA FARM BUREAU, FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS, SYNAGRO, AND VA FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOC.
Purpose: TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS TO VISIT FARM AND FORESTRY OPERATIONS TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT ISSUES
Date: May 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $259.85
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Amanda Foster.


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.