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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*

Cordell Smith


Total cost of 8 trips: $6,710.18


Trips traveled under the office of Christopher Bond

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL INDIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK TO NIBA CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATION TO EXPAND HUBZONE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY TO TRIBAL ENTERPRISES AND ALASKA NATIVE CORPORATION
Date: May 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $654.59
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP-ATTENDING SEMINARS AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 19, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,600.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: MOKAN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS ASSISTANCE CENTER
Purpose: SPEAK AT MOKAN SEMINAR ON THE HUBZONE PROGRAM
Date: Oct 11, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $373.40
source

Destination: FALLS CHURCH VA
Sponsor: INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAK AT MEETING OF IAC'S SMALL MINORITY AND WOMEN - OWNED BUSINESS SHARED INTEREST GROUP
Date: Mar 5, 2001
Expense: $60.70
source

Destination: TIMONIUM, MD
Sponsor: LOYOLA COLLEGE CENTER FOR CLOSELY-HELD FIRMS
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON "MARKETING TO GOVERNMENT AND LARGE COMPANIES" AT MINORITY BUSINESS EXECUTIVES PROGRAM
Date: Mar 6, 2001
Expense: $48.25
source

Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES FOR SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATION IN PROCUREMENT
Date: Mar 24, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $562.09
source

Destination: NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists
Purpose: SPEAK AT TRAINING SESSION FOR GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER STAFF
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $888.58
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: NATIONAL INDIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK AT NIBA TENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW
Date: Apr 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $522.57
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Cordell Smith.


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.