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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*

Tim Kurth


Total cost of 20 trips: $33,257.74


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CENTRAL OFFICE SITE VISIT AND BRIEFINGS ON DATA RELIEF MEASURES
Date: Feb 4, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,476.45
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL, BRIEFING ON BROADCASTING ISSUES
Date: Apr 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,144.72
source

Destination: DENVER, CO; CHEYENNE, WYOMING
Sponsor: Echostar Corporation
Purpose: SITE VISIT AND BRIEFINGS ON DBS ISSUES
Date: May 30, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $825.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, DRESDEN, PRAGUE
Sponsor: Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Purpose: BRIEFING TRIP ON GERMANY AND US RELATIONS
Date: Dec 2, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,580.34
source

Destination: DISNEY GROUNDS IN CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: FACT FINDING AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INTERNET ISSUE
Date: Jan 24, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,505.00
source

Destination: ISSUE BRIEFS, VISIT CONVENTION EXHIBITS, LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT ISSUES FACING BROADCAST INDUSTRY, AND SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL TO GIVE CONGRESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $960.93
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS, CONVENTION TOUR, SERVE ON LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,925.69
source

Destination: SITES OF CORPORATE PROPERTIES, SUCH AS AOL IN NORTHERN Virginia, NEHRSCUPE IN SILICON VALLEY AND WARNER STUDIOS IN BURBANK, CA
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FACT FINDING VISIT ON CALINE, COPYRIGHT AND OTHER INDUSTRY ISSUES
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,637.00
source

Destination: ALASKAN SITES VISITS (KOTZELONE, DILLINGHAN, SILIWEK, FAIRBANKS, ANCHORAGE)
Sponsor: General Communication
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO LEARN ABOUT HIGHSPEED INTERNET ACCESS, E. RATE EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $4,808.61
source

Destination: NEVADA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: LEARN FIRSTHAND ABOUT EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY CONCERNS
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,174.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: SEMINAR ON ASPECTS OF TELECOM ACT NOT BEING FULFILLED; BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT COMPETITION & 27/ PROCESS FOR LONG DISTANCE APPROVAL
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,015.59
source

Destination: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT NEW PRODUCTS, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND IMPEDIMENTS TO INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,128.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT TECH SITES; LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISSUES FACING TELECOM INDUSTRY, SPECIFICALLY BROADBAND-RELATED
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $509.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL VISITS W/ INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES AND TOUR OF CONVENTION EXHIBITS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATE ON ISSUES FACING CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,266.24
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISSUES FACING TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, AND SERVED ON PANEL
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.27
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ISSUE EDUCATION AND TOUR OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES ON CONVENTION FLOOR
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,611.21
source

Destination: BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP ON ISSUES FACING CABLE PROGRAMMING AND ACCESS TO DISTRIBUTION
Date: Jan 16, 2004
Expense: $827.11
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: U.S. TELECOM ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL ASS'N OF MANUFACTURERS, CALIFORNIA TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET ASS'N
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES CONTRACTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,914.08
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL - NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: NCTA AND GCI CABLE
Purpose: ATTEND CABLE CONVENTION AND LEARN ABOUT ISSUES FACING THE INDUSTRY, AND WHAT NEW PRODUCTS IT PLANS TO DELIVER
Date: May 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,220.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Tim 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

  • 09.11.14

    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.