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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*

Jesse Kerns


Total cost of 13 trips: $25,612.05


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Mcdermott

Destination: PARK CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: SEMINAR ON MEDICAL DEVICES
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,249.99
source

Destination: MUMBAI, CHENNAI - NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Global Health Council
Purpose: REVIEW CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAMS, LEARN ABOUT USAID FUNDED HEALTH PROJECTS
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (12 days)
Expense: $5,783.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Healthcare Leadership Council
Purpose: REVIEW HEALTH PROGRAMS
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,891.59
source

Destination: TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT LONG TERM CARE PHARMACY ISSUES
Date: Apr 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $740.50
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: University of Washington
Purpose: PRESENTATION ON FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, BRIEFINGS WITH UW FACULTY, TOUR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL, MEETING AND TOUR WITH PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL
Date: May 21, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $538.20
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Jun 25, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,663.19
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Gilead Sciences
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT HIV AND HEP B DISEASE AND TREATMENT
Date: Aug 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,321.05
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,330.00
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Purpose: PROJECT MEDICAL EDUCATION-A MINI-MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,064.30
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Boston Scientific Corporation
Purpose: TO STUDY LESS INVASIVE MEDICINE AND ADVANCES IN ENDOSURGICAL AND CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONS
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,900.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: DaVita Inc
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT KIDNEY DISCUSS AND DIALYSIS, MEET EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, VISIT DIALYSIS FACILITIES
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO CA
Sponsor: Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT ASCS, MEET W/SENIOR STAFF, BRIEFINGS ON PAYMENT POLICY AND OUTPATIENT SURGERY
Date: May 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,784.07
source

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Council on Health Care Economics and Policy
Purpose: ATTENT XII PRINCETON CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL HEALTHCARE POLICY, SUBJECT "HOW WILL STATES DAY FOR CARE"
Date: May 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $708.16
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jesse Kerns.


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.