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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*

Anthony Reed


Total cost of 12 trips: $20,332.45


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: KANSAS CITY
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON BIOTECHNOLOGY
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $650.68
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE ACCENTURE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,125.33
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $617.30
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-PEORIA, IL
Sponsor: Nature Conservancy
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $577.54
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Railway Supply Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,334.17
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC (NAT'L), CHICAGO, IL (MIDWAY), GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL, NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, LISLE, IL, YORKVILLE, IL, BOLLINGBROOK, IL, ARGO, IL
Sponsor: ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU, ILLINOIS PARK PRODUCES, & ILLINOIS BEEF ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $731.59
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,588.00
source

Destination: OAHU, HI
Sponsor: Ag Biotech Planning Committee
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $2,709.21
source

Destination: LAX, LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Columbia College Chicago
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 27, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $2,040.88
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,016.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Anthony Reed.


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.