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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*

Gene Smith


Total cost of 13 trips: $35,196.16


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Berman

Destination: OMAN
Sponsor: Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $8,510.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $675.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose:
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $924.26
source

Destination: HANOI, - SAIGAN, VIETNAM
Sponsor: US-Vietnam Trade Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $799.00
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $880.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose:
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,499.51
source

Destination: BOGATA, COLOMBIA
Sponsor: Witness for Peace
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $1,911.00
source

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $5,510.00
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: Organization for Tropical Studies
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.22
source

Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Egyptian Cooperation Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,350.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: NETHERLANDS ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $3,590.17
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $655.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gene 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.