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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*

Carter Mcdowell


Total cost of 19 trips: $26,040.40


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Oxley

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,825.00
source

Destination: FACT FINDING AT INSTINET; MTGS W/ INSTINET EXECS
Sponsor: Instinet Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $809.84
source

Destination: DROVE FROM HOME IN VA, TO BOSTON (THROUGH NYC)
Sponsor: Council of Federal Home Loan Banks
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR 2001
Date: Aug 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.75
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: America's Community Bankers
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL MTG
Date: Nov 3, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,030.02
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER FINANCIAL AFFAIRS AND PARTICIPATION IN THE MEETING AND FACT FINDING REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE USA PATRIOT ACT
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.22
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE'S WINTER MEETING AND FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,783.90
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY/PARK CITY
Sponsor: Fannie Mae
Purpose: SENATOR BENNETT'S FIN SERV & TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT & FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,077.63
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLA
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND SPEECH AT ABA ANNUAL MEETING OF LEGISLATION LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,333.74
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Bank of America Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING DATA SECURITY, CHECK TRANCATION, PRIVACY DATA PROTECTION
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $915.82
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Goldman Sachs Group
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING THE INVESTMENT BANKING BUS, PARTICULARLY DISCUSSING HEDGE FUNDS, OPTIONS, RESEARCH AND MARKET MAKING
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $540.22
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS/WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: America's Community Bankers
Purpose: FACT FINDING AT ANNUAL MEETING AND PARTICIPATIONS IN SEVERAL EVENTS
Date: Oct 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,093.50
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING ABOUT REFORM EFFORTS
Date: Nov 3, 2003
Expense: $525.85
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: FACT GATHERING WITH BANKING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,289.37
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE AND FACT GATHERING
Date: Mar 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $945.83
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE AND FACT FINDING WITH STATE BANK COMMISSIONERS AND BANKS
Date: May 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,291.52
source

Destination: SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Government of Switzerland
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING SWISS AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS THE BIS.
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,870.79
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C. TO SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Consumer Data Industry Association Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING: FACT ACT IMPLEMENTATION
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $591.90
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: NORFOLK MARKETS
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING HEDGE FUNDS & MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES
Date: Jun 1, 2005
Expense: $436.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHICAGO
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: DEVELOPMENTS IN FINANCIAL SERVICES LAWS, REG., & PRACTICES
Date: Aug 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $628.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Carter Mcdowell.


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.