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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*

Sue Sheridan


Total cost of 11 trips: $13,291.65


Trips traveled under the office of Joe Barton

Destination:
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD, WINTER 2004
Date: Feb 19, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,133.40
source

Destination: UNITED KINGDOM
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT THE UK'S ENERGY, TRANSMISSION AND REGULATORY POLICIES
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,537.41
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: PANELIST AT GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,023.70
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, HARVARD ELECTRICITY POLICY GROUP PLENARY
Date: May 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $353.60
source


Trips traveled under the office of Thomas Bliley

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 21ST PLENARY SESSION
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,900.46
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WINTER 2000 ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $939.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE 2001 KEYSTONE ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,169.06
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO.
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND WINTER ENERGY BOARD MEETING
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $340.86
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: American Public Power Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF PUBLIC POWER SYSTEMS IN THE CHARLESTON AREA
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,116.06
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CA.
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTEND PLENARY SESSION
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,062.10
source

Destination: KEYSTONE, CO.
Sponsor: Keystone Center
Purpose: ATTEND THE WINTER 2003 BOARD MEETING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $716.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Sue Sheridan.


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.