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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

    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

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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*

Elizabeth Bartheld


Total cost of 8 trips: $23,771.42


Trips traveled under the office of John Sullivan

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE MANY CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN DIFFICULT TO SERVE TERRITORY
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: GAIN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY ATTEND EPSA'S YEARLY SEMINAR
Date: May 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $840.38
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: DUCK KEY
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE MANY CHALLENGES FACING ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN DIFFICULT TO SERVE TERRITORY
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY ATTEND EPSA'S YEARLY SEMINAR
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $819.63
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN-ROKKASHO, JAPAN-TOKYO, JAPAN-KYOTO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO JAPAN
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $12,941.41
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Bartheld.


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.