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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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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*

Lance Kotschwar


Total cost of 11 trips: $10,225.97


Trips traveled under the office of Thad Cochran

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANELS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR THE 108TH CONGRESS THAT IS IMPORTANT TO LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: DAKOTA CITY, NE
Sponsor: Tyson Foods Inc
Purpose: TOUR A LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER FACILITY TO DETERMINE CAPITAL INVESTMENT CHANGES REQUIRED BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING LAW
Date: Jun 6, 2003
Expense: $705.41
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,210.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: THIBODAUX, RARELAND, HOUMA & NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: American Sugar Cane League
Purpose: SUGAR CANE PRODUCTION/REFINING TOUR & BRIEFING
Date: Oct 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: WYE WOODS CONF. CNTR, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Meat Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS/BRIEFINGS W/FOOD SECTOR ANALYSTS
Date: Mar 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $904.50
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: SPORTSMAN & RANCHERS FOR LAND STEWARDSHIP
Purpose: SPEECH/PRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE REGARDING FARM BILL
Date: Mar 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $466.00
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: ASA ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM & 2002 FARM BILL POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 5, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,056.72
source

Destination: LAKE CHARLES & BATON ROUGE, LA
Sponsor: FARM CREDIT BANK OF TX; LOUISIANA FEDERAL LAW BANK
Purpose:
Date: Nov 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,143.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Fertilizer Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT INSTITUTES ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $431.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS
Sponsor: Fiserv Mortgageserv
Purpose: REVIEW USDA'S DLOS SERVICING CENTER
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,318.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lance Kotschwar.


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.