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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*

Christopher Ogilvie


Total cost of 6 trips: $11,018.85


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Etheridge

Destination:
Sponsor: Progress Energy
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $436.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE & CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: TO TOUR THE OPERATIONS AT THE CBOT & CME AND LEARN ABOUT COMMODITY ANDFUTURES TRADING ON THOSE EXCHANGES
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $939.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.; CARY, NC; MEMPHIS, TN; GREENVILLE, MS; NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL; MONSANTO
Purpose: TO GAIN BETTER INSIGHT AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE COTTON INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,752.13
source

Destination: CARY, NC-MEMPHIS, TN-GREENVILLE, MS-NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: NATIONAL COTTON COUNCIL, MONSANTO
Purpose: TO GAIN BETTER INSIGHT REGARDING NEW CHALLENGES FACING COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,594.60
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INDUSTRY AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH FUTURES. ASSIST MEMBER OF CONGRESS WITH PANEL DISCUSSION ON FUTURES AND CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,326.51
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: LUBBOCK, TX: PHOENIX, AZ, LAS VEGAS, NV: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE COTTON INDUSTRY IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES
Date: Aug 22, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,969.96
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christopher Ogilvie.


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.