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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.

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.

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*

Lisa Kelley


Total cost of 18 trips: $26,386.09


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: FLORIDA KEYS
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,360.00
source

Destination: LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $887.32
source

Destination: WICHITA, KANSAS TO DODGE CITY, KS
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: TOUR SLAUGHTER PLANT, DISCUSS FOOD SAFETY AND COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS CONCERNS
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,912.30
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: REVIEW STATE & FEDERAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS FOR PRODUCE
Date: Jul 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $943.50
source

Destination: SOUTH-CENTRAL IDAHO, MAGIC VALLEY, TWIN FALLS
Sponsor: FOOD PRODUCERS OF IDAHO, INC. & NATIONAL POTATO COUNCIL
Purpose: FACT FINDING/REVIEW OF FEDERAL LAWS ON PROD OF POTATOES, SUGARBEETS, SEED CROPS & DAIRY IN IDAHO
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $930.63
source

Destination: SHENANDOAH VALLEY, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: US Apple Association
Purpose: REVIEW AND TOUR OF APPLE PROCESSING & HARVESTING OPERATIONS
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $76.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: NATIONAL MEAT ASSOCIATION
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON FOOD SAFETY
Date: Feb 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $688.69
source

Destination: DUCK KEY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NATIONAL TURKEY FEDERATION/NATIONAL CHICKEN COUNCIL
Purpose: TOUR HATCHERY, GROW-OUT & SLAUGHTER FACILITIES
Date: Jun 7, 2004
Expense: $50.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: TOUR OF SPECIALTY CROP PRODUCTION IN SOUTH FLORIDA; OVERVIEW OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONCERNS AT THE MIAMI AIR AND SEA PORTS; USE OF USDA'S BEAGLE BRIDAGE; AND REVIEW COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAWS (STATE AND FEDERAL)
Date: Aug 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $950.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Stenholm

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: TXU Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,616.92
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Purpose: SPEECH/FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 2, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $421.49
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA; YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $844.50
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN & TRAVEL WITHIN JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $7,230.00
source

Destination: DC TO NY
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, TAHOE CITY, MURPHY'S RIVER DELTA
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,463.74
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,696.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lisa Kelley.


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.