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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.

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.

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*

Karen Lynch


Total cost of 11 trips: $10,519.35


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $809.84
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: American Financial Services Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $516.64
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $882.65
source

Destination: DC - TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Community Financial Services Association of America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, SPEAKING EVENT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $307.46
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL; FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,224.05
source

Destination: DC - CHICAGO
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE, CHICAGO BOARD OPTIONS EXCHANGE, CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, CHICAGO STOCK EXCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $911.82
source

Destination: DC - BOSTON
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: PANEL SPEAKER
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $480.29
source

Destination: DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Citigroup
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,625.00
source

Destination: D.C. - ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,976.34
source

Destination: DC - TEMPE, AZ
Sponsor: JP Morgan Chase & Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,242.26
source


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Renzi

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Karen Lynch.


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.