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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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    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.
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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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  • 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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Darin Schroeder


Total cost of 5 trips: $9,952.40


Trips traveled under the office of Ron Kind

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DENVER, CO TO GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO TO PARACHUTE, CO TO MOAG, UT TO PRICE, UT TO HUNTINGTON, UT TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: INTERSTATE OIL AND GAS COMPACT COMMISSION (IOGCC), UTAH DNR, COLORADO OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF INCREASING DOMESTIC PRODUCTION OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT COMPROMISING ENV. VALUES
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,060.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION METHODS
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,273.21
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C TO PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, US PIRG, SIERRA CLUB, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR TO SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MANASSAS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $715.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NV TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN NV LAS VEGAS, AV
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TOUR OF DOE'S YUCCA MOUNTAIN FACILITY
Date: May 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,549.19
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO TAIPEI, ROC TO KAOHSIUNG, ROC TO TAIPEI, ROC TO HONG KONG, PROC TO TAIPEI, ROC TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: May 28, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $5,355.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Darin Schroeder.


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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.