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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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  • 09.10.14

    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*

Erich Mische


Total cost of 13 trips: $25,431.66


Trips traveled under the office of Norm Coleman

Destination: LINCOLNSHIRE, ILLINOIS
Sponsor: Lake County Illinois Republican Federation
Purpose: TO STAFF THE SENATOR AT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 25, 2003
Expense: $321.00
source

Destination: PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Lincoln Club of Northern California
Purpose: TO STAFF THE SENATOR FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 26, 2003
Expense: $715.00
source

Destination: STEVEN'S POINT, WI
Sponsor: Republican Party of Wisconsin
Purpose: TO STAFF THE SENATOR AT A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 9, 2003
Expense: $806.50
source

Destination: ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, PRUDHOE BAY
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY AND NATIONAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING/ENERGY AND WILDERNESS ISSUE
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,815.79
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ABA 2003 ANNUAL MEETING ON ENTERTAINMENT SPORTS LAW IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: CARLSON GROUP/AMERICAN HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION
Purpose: STAFF SENATOR FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT-FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 11, 2003
Expense: $838.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND STAFFING OF SENATOR FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,042.22
source

Destination: LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA (PALM SPRINGS AREA)
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL RECORDING MEDIA ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT IRMA CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,312.33
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: ATTENDANCE AT THE GMA CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,028.35
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Republican Jewish Committee
Purpose: TO BE BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN PEACE PROCESS; ISRAELI COUNTER TERRORISM EFFORTS
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $7,175.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING; CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOC. ANNUAL TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,705.93
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRADE POLICY RETREAT
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,556.15
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: STAFFING THE SENATOR AT THE ANNUAL AIPAC ATLANTA EVENT, WHERE THE SENATOR WILL BE SPEAKING
Date: May 2, 2005
Expense: $615.39
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Erich Mische.


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.