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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*

Steve Stombres


Total cost of 14 trips: $17,006.33


Trips traveled under the office of Eric Cantor

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM ON SECURITIES INDUSTRY
Date: May 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,001.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIAR WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.00
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $671.25
source

Destination: SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT ON SUSTAINABLE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Date: Nov 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,974.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO CA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS STAFF BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,852.88
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FORUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,306.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELC RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERIAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FL
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: LLAC WINTER CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,371.99
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $543.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Steve Stombres.


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.