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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*

William Nordwind


Total cost of 10 trips: $15,428.01


Trips traveled under the office of Fred Upton

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; PANELIST
Date: Feb 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; INDUSTRY CONVENTION; PANELIST
Date: Apr 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $535.00
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; PANELIST
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,885.09
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; INDUSTRY MEETINGS
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,535.14
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; PANELIST
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,716.45
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR; INDUSTRY CONVENTION; PANELIST
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,383.80
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: INDUSTRY CONVENTION; PANELIST
Date: May 4, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,189.90
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: WIRELESS TRADE SHOW, CONGRESSIONAL PANEL PARTICIPATION.
Date: Mar 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,895.99
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,007.68
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: INDUSTRY CONVENTION, CONGRESSIONAL PANEL
Date: Apr 17, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $853.96
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Nordwind.


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.