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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.
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Trips by*

Cynthia Ahwinona


Total cost of 22 trips: $42,718.06


Trips traveled under the office of James Hansen

Destination: SANTA FE, N.MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND A BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEETING OF THE IAIA
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $780.40
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND A BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEETING
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,016.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE IAIA BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEETING ON BEHALF OF CONG. DON YOUNG, ONE OF FOUR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $916.00
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Cook Inlet Regional Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ALASKA FEDERATION OF NATIVES CONVENTION, TO MEET WITH CIRI AND SUBSIDIARIES, MEET W/ AK NATIVE MEDICAL CENTER AND AK, NATIVE HEALTH BOARD
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $2,130.00
source

Destination: SALEMN, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Purpose: TO DISCUSS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER AND THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE ARTS
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $661.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE NM
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FOR CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG
Date: May 9, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $778.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Richard Pombo

Destination: JUNEAU, HAINEZ, AK
Sponsor: Alaska Native Health Board
Purpose: TO ATTEND A MEGA HEALTH BOARD MEETING IN ALASKA
Date: Feb 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,807.40
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING OF THE IAIA FOR CONG. DAN YOUNG WHO IS A BOARD OF TRUSTEE FOR THE INSTITUTE
Date: Aug 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,312.05
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Sponsor: Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC. 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEETING TO PROVIDE ON UPDATE ON HR2440, THE INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT REAUTHORIZATION FOR CONG, DON YOUNG
Date: Sep 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,322.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE N MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO REPRESENT CONG. DON YOUNG, A MEMBER OF THE IAIA BOARD
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,026.10
source

Destination: BARROW, ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ALASKA ESKIMO WHALING COMMISSION CONVENTION TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE UP DATE ON H.R. 952
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,912.11
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: SOUTHEAST ALASKA REGIONAL HEALTH CONSORTIUM
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ALASKA RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE AND INTERNATIONAL TELEHEALTH CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $624.60
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: SOUTHCENTRAL FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO ATTEND SOUTHCENTRAL FOUNDATION BOARD MTNG, GRAND OPENING OF HEAD START, VISIT/REVIEW PALMER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY FAITH BASE PROGRAM
Date: Apr 8, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,620.55
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO MEET W/ COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL/BIA, TO ATTEND SENATOR MURKOWSKI'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,360.75
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, SELDOVIA, ST PAUL, JUNEAU
Sponsor: Alaska Native Health Board
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON TO ALASKA TO MEET WITH ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, TOUR FACILITIES
Date: Jul 25, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,280.80
source

Destination: FAIRBANKS, ANCHORAGE, NOME
Sponsor: SOUTHCENTRAL FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO ACCOMPANY DR. ZERHOUNI, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH TO REVIEW RESEARCH ON ALASKA NATIVES HEALTH, MEET WITH ALASKA NATIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND TOUR ALASKA NATIVE HEALTH FACILITIES
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,564.61
source


Trips traveled under the office of Don Young

Destination:
Sponsor: Norton Sound Health Corporation
Purpose: To meet with NSHC, 15 villages, City of Nome and Kawerak to determine impact of Regional Hospital expansion in Nome and for 15 clinics in the surrounding villages
Date: Mar 12, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,809.00
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK
Sponsor: Alaska Federation of Natives
Purpose: TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE UPDATES AT THE AFN RETREAT ON INDIAN HEALTH CARE, HR 1810, HR 1871, HR 1865, HR 1866, HR 2559, INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT GAO REPORT AND ANSWER QUESTIONS
Date: Nov 30, 2004
Expense: $1,218.02
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, JUNEAU, ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Native Health Board
Purpose: TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON THE INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT REAUTHORIZATION
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,306.15
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE IAIA BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FOR CONG. DON YOUNG, A BOARD MEMBER
Date: May 10, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,117.10
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: Institute of American Indian Arts
Purpose: TO ATTEND A BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FOR CONG. DON YOUNG, A BOARD OF TRUSTEE FOR IAIA
Date: Jun 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $812.72
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
Sponsor: Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association Inc
Purpose: TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON INDIAN HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT. REAUTHORIZATION, APPROPRIATIONS AND TOUR ALASKA NATIVE HEALTH FACILITIES
Date: Aug 4, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $3,342.20
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cynthia Ahwinona.


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.