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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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    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*

Robert Holste


Total cost of 15 trips: $39,305.88


Trips traveled under the office of Philip English

Destination: CAPE COD, MA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,966.50
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Dec 9, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $4,922.90
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $479.00
source

Destination: TUCZON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,646.77
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,403.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $6,329.52
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Jul 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,060.75
source

Destination: BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,225.48
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: TRADE TRIP-INTERNATIONAL TRADE ISSUES/POLICY
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $6,762.29
source

Destination: YUCCA MT.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $992.00
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, ID
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN TAX SEMINAR
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,180.90
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,729.12
source

Destination: HANOI-LAM DONG-HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM-CAMBODIA
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DELGATION FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $5,371.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Robert Holste.


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.