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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*

Eric Johnson


Total cost of 13 trips: $52,864.30


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Wexler

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $1,668.00
source

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $2,430.80
source

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Dec 17, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,305.00
source

Destination: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: ITKIB Association USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-CAUCUS ON US-TURKISH RELATIONS
Date: Feb 14, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,233.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $2,639.20
source

Destination: SYRIA, JORDAN, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 30, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $7,362.39
source

Destination: NORTHERN CYPRUS/ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Turkish Cypriot History Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,254.24
source

Destination: JAKARTA, YOGYAKARTA & BALI
Sponsor: United States-Indonesia Society
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 18, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,425.00
source

Destination: MEINZ, BAMBERG, BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 14, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM-BELGIUM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,590.17
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA-NANJING, CHINA-SHANGHAI, CHINA
Sponsor: CASI FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN & CHINA CONTACT FRIENDLY ASSOC.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,258.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Eric Johnson.


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.