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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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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Christine Kurth


Total cost of 7 trips: $14,251.80


Trips traveled under the office of Ted Stevens

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: STAFF BRIEFING BY USTA AND NAM ON CHANGES IN THE MARKETPLACE IN CONTEXT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAWS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,914.08
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NCTA/GCI
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE NATIONAL CABLE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASS'N CONVENTION WITH SEN. STEVENS
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,220.50
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK; KOTZEBUE, AK; DILLINGHAM, AK
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VIEW TELECOM SITE IN RURAL AK AND VIEW A CABLE TELEPHONY SITE
Date: Aug 16, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $3,467.89
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ASPEN SUMMIT CONFERENCE ON TELECOM AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND PARTICIPATE IN A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,809.86
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CTIA CONVENTION (WIRELESS INDUSTRY CONVENTION) ATTEND CONVENTION SESSIONS REVIEW THE FLOOR EXHIBITS AND SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,298.80
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND SEMINARS ON TELECOM INCLUDING HISTORY OF TELECOM LAWS COMPETITION ACROSS PLATFORMS & IP VIDEO DEMONSTRATION AND TO SIT ON A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF PANEL
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,294.40
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND WITH SENATOR STEVENS THE ANNUAL NCTA CONVENTION, TO ATTEND MEETINGS, TO VIEW THE CONVENTION FLOOR EXHIBITS AND TO SIT ON A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF PANEL
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,246.27
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christine Kurth.


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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.