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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*

Jeff Harrison


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,751.83


Trips traveled under the office of Norm Coleman

Destination: CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: DISCUSS US-CHILE FTA
Date: May 24, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,425.33
source

Destination: RUTTGER'S BAY, MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION'S CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR
Date: Aug 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,190.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: National Council of Farmer Co-ops
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF FARMER OWNED COOPERATIVES
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,383.15
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: RENEWABLE FUEL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $810.10
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: HOUSE AG COMMITTEE BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: BIG SKY, MONTANA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES WITH RURAL BANKERS COMMITTEE
Date: Jul 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,237.66
source

Destination: MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CORN, ETHANOL PRODUCTION
Date: Aug 21, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $401.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: FLORIDA CITRUS MUTUAL, FL FARM BUREAU AND FL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
Purpose: TOUR CITRUS PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING AND OTHER FL AGRICULTURE
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,199.59
source

Destination: MINNESOTA
Sponsor: MINNESOTA CORN GROWERS
Purpose: TOUR CORN, ETHANOL PRODUCING AREAS OF MN
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $820.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jeff Harrison.


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.