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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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  • 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*

Ramsen Betfarhad


Total cost of 9 trips: $8,831.17


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: VERMONT
Sponsor: Northeast Public Power Association
Purpose: VISIT PUBLIC POWER FACILITIES & NEW ENGLAND ISO
Date: Aug 29, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $587.00
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NM
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AT ELECTRICITY DEREG CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,080.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICPATION PANEL DISCUSSION & CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,596.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE/SANTA CLARA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Public Affairs Group
Purpose: VISIT PRODUCTION FACILITIES & DISCUSS HIGH TECH PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $1,151.57
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE
Date: Jul 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,319.55
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE, VA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: ATTEND PRIVACY CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 12, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $185.00
source

Destination: DC-OMAHA-NEBRASKA
Sponsor: First Data Corporation
Purpose: VISIT FIRST DATA FACILITIES IN OMAHA
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $811.88
source

Destination: D.C. TO YORKTOWN HEIGHTS N.Y. AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Sponsor: IBM Corporation
Purpose: VISIT IBM RESEARCH FACILITIES YORKTOWN HEIGHTS AND HAWTHORNE, N.Y.
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $807.96
source

Destination: DC TO NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: CTIA'S WINTER SHOW/CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,292.21
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ramsen Betfarhad.


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.