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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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    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*

Elizabeth Macdonald


Total cost of 13 trips: $15,794.62


Trips traveled under the office of Blanche Lincoln

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TOUR OF HYDROELECTRIC RESOURCES
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,952.27
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DEMOCRATIC STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $341.10
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Federation of American Hospitals
Purpose: TO INTRODUCE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO MEDICARE ISSUES AFFECTING HOSPITALS THAT CHOOSE TO OPERATE IN PUERTO RICO
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,442.30
source

Destination: BALTIMORE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WELFARE PROGRAM IN MARYLAND
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $297.25
source

Destination: GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF PHARMACEUTICALS
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,639.50
source

Destination: IRELAND
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN IRELAND AND THE U.K. AND ITS IMPACT ON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Date: Aug 14, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $2,821.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Academy of Actuaries
Purpose: TO DISCUSS INSURANCE RISK AND FEDERAL POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTH INSURANCE
Date: Dec 13, 2002
Expense: $975.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Caremark Rx Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFIT MANAGEMENT AND THE PHARMACY PROGRAM OF THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PROGRAM
Date: Feb 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,472.35
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: STAFF RETREAT TO DISCUSS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FOR 2003
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $318.73
source

Destination: ADVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: TO DISCUSS MEDICARE, FDA, AND PUBLIC POLICY BARRIER SURROUNDING NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES-ALSO TO VISIT THE MIAMI CARDIAC VASCULAR INSTITUTE
Date: Mar 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,025.89
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: St Jude Medical
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND HOW GOVT. REGULATIONS AFFECT THE INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $119.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Long Term Care Pharmacy Alliance
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PHARMACY SERVICES PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS RESIDING IN LONG TERM CARE SETTINGS
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,037.23
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Elizabeth Macdonald.


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.