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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*

David Olson


Total cost of 11 trips: $23,114.97


Trips traveled under the office of Christopher Cox

Destination: TRUMBULL CN; NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: TOUR OF FACILITIES, BRIEFING
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $896.86
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bill Frist

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,798.00
source

Destination: LATVIA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND SEMINARS RELATED TO ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS INTO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,899.80
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A MEETING
Date: Dec 12, 2002
Expense: $235.00
source

Destination: PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Center for Strategic and International Studies
Purpose: TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES ON THE HIV/AIDS CRISIS IN CHINA
Date: Jan 11, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,878.75
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TAX POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: INDIA AND NEPAL
Sponsor: International Campaign for Tibet
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (11 days)
Expense: $4,110.00
source

Destination: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND OTHER OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT GLOBAL TRADE TALKS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,942.25
source

Destination: CHAD, SUDAN AND KENYA
Sponsor: Samaritan's Purse
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 6, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,594.41
source

Destination: SUDAN
Sponsor: SUDAN PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY/MOVEMENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $72.00
source

Destination: KENYA
Sponsor: TENWEK HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $70.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named David Olson.


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.