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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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    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*

John Riley


Total cost of 11 trips: $11,679.85


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF AGENDA AND OTHER ISSUES FOR SECOND SESSION RELATED TO STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: NATIONAL DAIRY LEADERS CONFERENCE
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A PANEL DISCUSSION REGARDING DAIRY PROVISIONS OF THE NEXT FARM BILL.
Date: Sep 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $290.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: TO ADDRESS A MEETING OF THE AACI AND NATIONAL CROP INSURANCE SERVICES
Date: Feb 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,353.40
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC; ST. LOUIS, MO; MEMPHIS, TN; GREENVILLE, MS; NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN COTTON INDUSTRY EDUCATION AND ORIENTATION TOUR
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,271.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL ENERGY SEMINAR INCLUDING DISCUSSION OF ENERGY TRADING IN FUTURES MARKETS
Date: Jun 14, 2002
Expense: $408.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ALL INDUSTRY MEETING ANNUAL MEETING SPONSORED BY AACI
Date: Feb 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,020.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE; CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE; NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE; OPTIONS CLEARING CORP.; AND FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,260.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE AND CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: TO TOUR EXCHANGES AND DISCUSS DERIVATIVES REGULATORY POLICY
Date: Jul 31, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: INDIAN WELLS, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: ATTEND AND ADDRESS THE 2004 CROP INSURANCE ALL-INDUSTRY ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $898.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: CHICAGO BD OF TRADE; CHI MERC. EXCHANGE; NY BOARD OF TRADE; NY MERCANTILE EXCHANGE; OPTIONS CLEARING CORP, FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND THE INTERNATION FUTURES INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,016.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: American Association of Crop Insurers
Purpose: TO ADDRESS THE CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $978.45
source



* - Trips by all travelers named John Riley.


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.