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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*

Pete Jeffries


Total cost of 11 trips: $31,269.88


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MID EAST PEACE PROCESS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,130.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR NUCLEAR LABS & COMPONENTS FACTORY
Date: Mar 31, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $3,476.03
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATION
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,320.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: DEMOCRACY TRAINING FOR STAFF/MEETINGS/SPEAKING
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $3,860.85
source

Destination: PHILLY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAM MEMBERS PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

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

Destination: TOKYO
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR NUCLEAR FACILITIES FOR ON SITE FACT-FINDING OF SECURITY & PRODUCTION ISSUES
Date: Apr 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $10,901.00
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Foundation for Rural Service
Purpose: LEARN CHALLENGES OF RURAL TELCO PROVIDERS
Date: Aug 7, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,802.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Pete Jeffries.


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.