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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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    The troubled history of vocational education

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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Ryan Henry


Total cost of 16 trips: $22,710.64


Trips traveled under the office of John Carter

Destination: TECH POLICY 2003 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Sponsor: ACT, ALCATEL, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINEAR, LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELCORDIA, SBCA, SPRINT, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose:
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $653.68
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX
Sponsor: Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION TRIP
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,363.42
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TAX SEMINAR
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: RICHMOND
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $649.24
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: INFORMATIVE TRIP
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,392.52
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - (BWI) - HOUSTON - BWI
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - EAST TEXAS FORESTRY TOUR
Date: Aug 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,999.82
source

Destination: AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS, DELL, HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY, INTEL CORPORATION, SOLECTION CORPORATION, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATE
Purpose: THIS 3 DAY FORUM ALLOWED FACT-FINDING INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.84
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS, CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET ASSOCIATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,724.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, N.V.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose:
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,502.60
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF MEDIA CONFERENCE
Date: May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,898.25
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $850.58
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport International Airport
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $576.13
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,751.66
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 25, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,959.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ryan Henry.


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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.