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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*

Andrew Kugler


Total cost of 13 trips: $18,239.60


Trips traveled under the office of Zoe Lofgren

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION
Date: May 29, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,258.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 8, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,076.34
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINEON, LEVEL (3) COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELCORDIA, SBCA, SPRINT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY POLICY CONFERENCE AND SPEAK ON PANEL REGARDING COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION.
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $334.34
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $599.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND
Sponsor: YAHOO AND EBAY
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH TOP EXECUTIVES AT YAHOO AND EBAY
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,935.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND PRESENTATIONS AND MEETINGS WITH CABLE EXECUTIVES
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,663.15
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND TIA SPRING POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $752.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND NCTA NATIONAL TRADE SHOW AND MEET WITH EXECUTIVES FROM THE CABLE, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TELEVISION, SATELLITE, AND COMPUTER INDUSTRIES
Date: Apr 29, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,402.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: TO MEET WITH TOP EXECUTIVES OF NEWS CORPORATION. MEETINGS WILL ADDRESS DIGITAL TV TRANSITION, PROGRAMMING, AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: May 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,055.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE COMPETITIVE TELECOM LANDSCAPE WITH AT&T EXECUTIVES
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $705.45
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW.
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,596.68
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: ACT, ALCATEL, AT&T, EARTHLINK, IDT INFINEON, MICROSOFT, SPRING, VONAGE, WESTERN WIRELESS, AND YAHOO!
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ISSUES BEFORE THE 109TH CONGRESS, INCLUDE A REWRITE OF THE 1996 TELECOM ACT, VOIP, AND BROADBAND POLICY
Date: Feb 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $883.23
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND NCTA NATIONAL SHOW
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,979.07
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Andrew Kugler.


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.