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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*

Michael Platt


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,997.82


Trips traveled under the office of Marsha Blackburn

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO ACQUAINT SENIOR CAPITOL HILL STAFF WITH THE MERCATUS INSTITUTE. EXAMINE MACRO AND MICRO ECONOMIC PRINCIPALS AND TAX POLICY AND THEORY
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $790.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
Purpose: TO EXAMINE THE ECONOMICS OF TAXATION AND ANALYZE DIFFERENT METHODS AND PROPOSALS FOR TAX REFORM
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,617.90
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Dutko Group Inc
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES AS THEY RELATE TO THE INTERNET AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
Date: Mar 5, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $880.78
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: DISCUSS POLICY AND REGULATORY ISSUES CONFRONTING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.38
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: ATTEND THE ANNUAL WIRELESS SHOW FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTING INDUSTRIES
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,366.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-SAN FRANCISCO-BENTONVILLE AR
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW, NCTA'S 54TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,614.32
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Echostar Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND ECHOSTAR'S CONVENTION AND LEARN ABOUT SATELLITE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $271.04
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael Platt.


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.