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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.

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  • 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*

Sean Hughes


Total cost of 11 trips: $23,821.08


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mcdermott

Destination: EASTERN WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Energy Northwest
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/ENERGY-RELATED INFORMATION
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,320.79
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Washington State University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE; MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & TRADE, REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $5,350.00
source

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

Destination: WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Apr 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.63
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Preston Gates & Ellis
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $698.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA TO BOISE IDAHO; BOISE - DC
Sponsor: SAVE OUR WILD SALMON, IDAHO RIVER UNITED
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $653.23
source

Destination: PDX
Sponsor: Washington Public Utility Districts Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING FOR ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $1,341.18
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ISTANBUL TO ERCAN, NORTHERN CYPRUS
Sponsor: Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,566.00
source

Destination: SPOKANE, WA - PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC)
Purpose: HANFORD SITE FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $501.25
source

Destination: NEW YORK - SINGAPORE - MEDAN - BANDA ACEH - JAKARTA - SINGAPAORE - NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Aug 26, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $4,473.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sean Hughes.


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.