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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.

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.

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*

Julia Gustafson


Total cost of 9 trips: $27,343.12


Trips traveled under the office of Dennis Rehberg

Destination: SARATOSA, FLA; ORLANDO, FLA
Sponsor: MOLE MARINE AQUARIUM FELD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Purpose: CONSERVATION EDUCATION
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $778.91
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (BWI AIRPORT) TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: BIGELOW AEROSPACE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $841.50
source

Destination: DCA - PDX - DCA (WASHINGTON NATIONAL - PORTLAND, OREGON)
Sponsor: PNGC Power
Purpose: ENERGY SCHOOL AND FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,987.71
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: PBI AND MIA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE (80%) AND SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLORIDA (20%)
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $896.48
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Destination: GRU TO GIG
Sponsor: International Utility Efficiency Partnerships Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,392.70
source

Destination: IAD - MSY - DCA
Sponsor: BP, AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION, KERR-MCGEE, NATIONAL OCEAN INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,118.81
source

Destination: PDX/SEA
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $1,493.65
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Julia Gustafson.


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.