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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*

Melvin Spence


Total cost of 6 trips: $22,912.96


Trips traveled under the office of William Jefferson

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $790.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND - PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TRADE STAFF DELEGATION. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & BUSINESS COMMUNITY INCLUDED US-THAILAND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND CAMBODIAN TEXTILE TRADE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-YAOUNDE, CAMEROON-DOUALA, CAMEROON-MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA-SAO TUME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: PROJECT CONSULTING SERVICES (PCS); VERIZON; IGATE, INC., LETH ENERGY, INC.
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED REP. JEFFERSON ON A BUSINESS DELEGATION TO WEST AFRICA
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $12,763.00
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,935.74
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BRAZIL SUMMIT 2004 ORGANIZED BY THE BRAZILIAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ORGANIZED EVERY NEAR IN NEW YORK TO COINCIDE WITH SPRING MEETINGS OF THE WORLD BANK/IMF)
Date: Apr 27, 2004
Expense: $470.00
source

Destination: GENEVA
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION TO DISCUSS STATUS OF SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,876.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Melvin Spence.


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.