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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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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

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Trips by*

David Hurst


Total cost of 8 trips: $8,191.02


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Pickering

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: ATTENDED USTA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO LEARN ABOUT POLICY AND REGULATORYISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY AND TO WITNESS NEW TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS IN THE INDUSTRY.
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,463.82
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE; SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON PANEL TO DISCUSS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS; VIEW DEMONSTRATIONS OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $704.01
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: 2004 WIRELESS CONFERENCE; SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON PANEL TO DISCUSS VARIOUS WIRELESS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS; VIEW DEMONSTRATIONS OF NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
Date: Mar 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $666.20
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: UNITED STATES TELECOM ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS AND THE CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ATTENDED CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFING TO LEARN ABOUT POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, MANUFACTURING, AND TECHNOLOGY SECTORS. PARTICIPATED ON PANEL DISCUSSING VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL AND H.R. 4129
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,520.88
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: ATTENDED 16TH ANNUAL COMPTEL/ASCENT 2004 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TO LEARN ABOUT POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING THE COMPETETIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY. PARTICIPATED ON PANEL DISCUSSION. VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL AND H.R. 4129
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $647.50
source

Destination: PORTLAND, ME
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA'S PORTLAND, MAINE FACT-FINDING TRIP FOCUSING ON VOIP; VIEW FACILITIES AND ATTEND PRESENTATIONS ON THE TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES BEING OFFERED
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $967.05
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES AND CURRENT LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING WIRELESS INDUSTRY; PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION REGARDING SAME
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,451.40
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: ATTEND 17TH ANNUAL COMPTEL/ALTS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE TO LEARN ABOUT LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES FACING COMPETITIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $770.16
source



* - Trips by all travelers named David Hurst.


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.