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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*

Cameron Gilreath


Total cost of 17 trips: $24,459.49


Trips traveled under the office of Judy Biggert

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $840.42
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $579.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Lamar Smith

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,813.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: INFORMATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,089.00
source

Destination: SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Business Software Alliance
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,003.20
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $727.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,708.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,010.00
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: BMG
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $577.94
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.10
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 20, 2003
Expense: $584.50
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEADERS IN TECH. EDUCATIONAL PROG.
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,072.80
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: DUTKO GROUP-ALCATEL, AMAZON, ACT, ATT, GIA, INFINEON, LEVEL(3) COMMUNICATIONS, LUCENT, MICROSOFT, NCTA, SBCA, SPRIN, VONTU, YAB
Purpose:
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $792.15
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,902.88
source

Destination: WASH DC-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL STAFF RETREAT
Date: May 24, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,985.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SARASOTA/LONGBOAT KEY
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,943.31
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON PEACE AT NAT'L CONVENTION
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,293.73
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cameron Gilreath.


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.