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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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    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.
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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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  • 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.

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*

Beth Jafari


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,356.12


Trips traveled under the office of John Cornyn

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS. APPLIED MATERIALS, AGILENT-TECHNOLOGIES, HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SBC, SOLECTRON
Purpose: LEARN THE INNER WORKINGS OF HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING AND UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE HIGH-TECH COMMUNITY ON THE U.S. ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE
Date: May 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,069.80
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THE CABLE INDUSTRY; ISSUES INCLUDE IP TELEPHONY, HIGH SPEED DATA, DVR, SVOD, HDTV, DEPLOYMENT IN RURAL AREAS, ETC
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,171.02
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES AT EACH STAGE OF THE EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION PROCESS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $792.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-AUSTIN-DALLAS
Sponsor: APPLIED MATERIALS DELL; HEWLETT-PACKARD, INTEL, SOLECTRON, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HI TECH MANUFACTURING THROUGH COMPANY AND SITE VISITS, PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,278.92
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $364.00
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE, ASHLAND INC., DEAN FOODS, FLOWSERVE, YELLOW ROADWAY, EXCEL
Purpose: COMPANY VISITS ILLUSTRATED THE IMPACT OF THE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WORKFORCE WE DISCUSSED HOW FEDERAL POLICIES AFFECT THE MANUFACTURING AND TRANSPORTATION SECTORS
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.66
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS AND THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: LONGBOAT KEY/SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO DISCUSS REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,845.80
source

Destination: HYDERABAD, INDIA AND DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Nasscom
Purpose: TO GIVE STAFF MEMBERS FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIAN IT INDUSTRY BY MEETING WITH KEY GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY LEADERS TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW U.S. POLICIES IMPACT THE COUNTRY
Date: Mar 27, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $7,860.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: TO EDUCATE STAFF MEMBERS ABOUT THE ISSUES FACING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY (SPECIFICALLY RADIO) IN ANTICIPATION OF A REWRITE OF THE 1996 ACT. ISSUES INCLUDE BROADCAST INDECENCY, DTV TRANSITION, AND MEDIA OWNERSHIP
Date: May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,153.42
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Beth Jafari.


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.