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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.

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.

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*

Sarah Birch


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,079.64


Trips traveled under the office of James Clyburn

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY PROPOSED STORAGE SITE FOR NUCLEAR WASTE
Date: Feb 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,235.83
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC, MEMPHIS, TN, ST. LOIS, MO
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: VISIT SITES RELATED TO COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: AIRLIE CENTER, WARRENTON VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CLASSROOM LECTURES FROM HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOLS CENTER FOR HEALTH AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $459.80
source

Destination: COLUMBIA, S.C. & SORROUNDING AREAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: FARM TOUR IN S.C. W/ DELEGATION STAFF
Date: Apr 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $697.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,066.00
source

Destination: PARIS
Sponsor: European Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE, SECURITY, COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $11,513.36
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: VISIT/OVERVIEW OF UNITED NATIONS, & MEET WITH COMMUNICATIONS STAFF OF U.S. MISSION TO THE U.N
Date: Jun 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $561.25
source


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: VISIT & STUDY TEENSCREEN PROGRAM & NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $578.40
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sarah Birch.


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.