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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*

Anne Simmons


Total cost of 12 trips: $10,970.24


Trips traveled under the office of Larry Combest

Destination: WYE WOODS CONFERENCE CENTER, WYE MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Sponsor: NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSION DURING THE GROUP'S ANNUAL MEETING.
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $620.00
source

Destination: TOLEDO, OH
Sponsor: SOIL WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON 2002 FARM BILL
Date: May 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $576.84
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN SOYBEAN INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL REGARDING 2002 FARM BILL
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,116.46
source

Destination: ROCHESTER, NY
Sponsor: NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON FARM BILL
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $834.40
source

Destination: RALEIGH, NC; ST. LOUIS, MO; MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 17, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,975.24
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bob Goodlatte

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Agricultural Law Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON FARM POLICY
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $633.38
source

Destination: SHENANDOAH VALLEY, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: US Apple Association
Purpose: TO VIEW GROWING AND PROCESSING OF APPLES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $76.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Collin Peterson

Destination: SIOUX FALLS, SD
Sponsor: SOUTH DAKOTA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO ANNUAL MEETING OF SD CORN GROWERS REGARDING UPCOMING FARM BILL DEBATE AND OTHER AG POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $417.30
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sponsor: American Soybean Association
Purpose: EU TRADE MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT EU REGULATIONS AFFECTING U.S. PRODUCTS, AND US PRODUCTION AND TRADE OF BIODIESEL
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,024.83
source

Destination: SALISBURY, MD
Sponsor: National Oilseed Processors Association
Purpose: VISIT SOYBEAN PROCESSING, FACILITY TO VIEW OIL SPILL PREVENTION MITIGATION ACTIVITIES
Date: Aug 30, 2005
Expense: $39.20
source


Trips traveled under the office of Charles Stenholm

Destination: AMES, IOWA
Sponsor: IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO JOINT ANNUAL MEETING OF IA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION AND IA SOYBEAN PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION REGARDING NEXT FARM BILL
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $371.59
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Anne Simmons.


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.