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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*

Tim Reif


Total cost of 17 trips: $30,812.74


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Rangel

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,505.51
source

Destination: COPE COD, MASS (CHATHAM)
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONG. LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,330.50
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDINGS & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: US Cuba Trade and Economic Council
Purpose: SPEAK AT FORUM ON U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Expense: $503.65
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT WIMA ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $755.15
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: ADDRESS CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE TRADE ISSUES
Date: Dec 31, 2000
Expense: $844.51
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: ATTEND & SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON BILATERAL & MULTILATERAL TRADE ISSUES
Date: Mar 16, 2001
Expense: $476.50
source

Destination: HANOI & HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE & GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Sponsor: Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE & GOVERNMENT-GOVERNMENT MTGS.
Date: Apr 19, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: HONGKONG
Sponsor: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $8,584.96
source

Destination: PHNOM PENH, SIEM REAP
Sponsor: Cambodia Development Resource Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & INFORMATION GATHERING
Date: Jan 13, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $841.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM-GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-PERSONAL TRAVEL IN FRANCE AND ITALY
Sponsor: Advanced Medical Technology Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING AS TO TRADE & HEALTHCARE ISSUES RELATED TO MEDICAL DEVICES, INTERNATIONAL TRADE RULES AND STANDARDS
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (18 days)
Expense: $4,562.62
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $967.70
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Bar Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $307.50
source

Destination: CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Business Roundtable
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON WTO TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.08
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $673.60
source

Destination: MILAN/ITALY-GENEVA/SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE ON INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORGANISATIONS (CIDOIE) OF THE UNIVERSITIES OF EASTERN PIEDMONT, TURIN, GENOA, MILAN-STATE & MILAN-BOCCONI
Purpose: SPEAK TO CONFERENCE OF WTO APGDLATE BODY: MEETINGS IN GENEVA WITH WTO OFFICIALS, FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 10, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,090.46
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Tim Reif.


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.