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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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  • 09.10.14

    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.
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    The troubled history of vocational education

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  • 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*

Rebekah Hamilton


Total cost of 10 trips: $11,273.71


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Johnson

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose:
Date: Sep 18, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $1,124.75
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: TO TOUR FACILITIES; LEARN ABOUT ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTING AND NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,341.56
source

Destination: LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: PROVIDE A GRASS ROOTS VIEW OF KENTUCKY'S AGRICULTURE ARE FARMERS AND FARM PROBLEMS.
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: VISITED SUGAR RESEARCHERS, PRODUCERS, PROCESSING PLANT; EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: TO OBSERVE FIRST HAND THE OPERATIONS OF AN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: CLEWISTON AND BELLE GLADE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA SUGAR CANE LEAGUE & SUGAR CANE GROWERS COOPERATIVE OF FLOR
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTIVATION, HARVESTING, PROCESSING, REFINING AND MARKETING OF SUGARCANE
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $829.00
source

Destination: BIG BROWN & COMANCHE PECK
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: VISIT THEIR LIGNITE & NUCLEAR FACILITY SITES
Date: Apr 14, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,546.64
source

Destination: LUFKIN, TX
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: TO SEE, UNDERSTAND AND RELATE TO THE EAST TAXES FORESTRY INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $665.00
source

Destination: SEMINARS
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, TELERAIN, VERISIGN, XO COMM & VSD
Purpose: TELECOM TECH POLICY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $688.27
source

Destination: VISITED NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITY AND ENTERGY HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
Purpose:
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $936.77
source

Destination: PUBLIC ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS CHARTER SCHOOL; PROJECT BUSINESS PROGRAM
Sponsor: American Youth Policy Forum
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT EFFORTS IN TEXAS TO IMPROVE TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION AND OPTIONS FOR "AT PROMISE" YOUTH.
Date: Dec 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $764.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Rebekah Hamilton.


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.