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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*

Brian Petersen


Total cost of 6 trips: $16,074.04


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Ney

Destination: ST. LUCIA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: FACILITATE A DIALOGUE BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS AND CARIBBEAN GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS. OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS REGULATORY REGIMES AND PENDING LEGISLATION.
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,831.50
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION BETWEEN CAUCUS OFFICES AND REGION, REVIEW RECENT CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENTS, AND DEVELOP TWO YEAR'S CAUCUS PRIORITIES.
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: QUITO
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: ATTEND THE III BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE AT THE XXXIV OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,638.04
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: IAEC BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE, IBERO-AMERICAN SUMMITT, AND FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,029.35
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND ANTIGUA. MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $4,982.69
source

Destination: BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL (BWI)-MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF MEETINGS
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Brian Petersen.


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.