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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

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  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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Trips by*

Levon Boyagian


Total cost of 12 trips: $18,603.59


Trips traveled under the office of Don Young

Destination: Savannah
Sponsor: American Forest & Paper Association
Purpose: Fact finding regarding TMDC's
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $927.70
source

Destination: D.C. TO SEATTLE AND BACK, BOEING FACILITY, CONFERENCE WITH ADMIN. GARVEY AND AIRLINE REPS, DISCUSSION ABOUT AVIATION
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,996.60
source

Destination: LIMERICK, IRELAND
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: U.S./EUROPEAN/CANADIAN AIRPORT SECURITY AND SAFETY WORKSHOP
Date: Jul 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose:
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,928.29
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-MAUI, HAWAII-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,703.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
Purpose: NATIONAL RAILROAD CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,355.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL VIA REGIONAL JET
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: FLEW FROM WASHINGTON, DC TO KONA, HI TO ATTEND THE 2002 AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE COMMENCED AT 7:30 AM EACH MORNING OF THE CONFERENCE. OPEN REMARKS WERE FOLLOWED BY TWO PANELS EACH DAY. ISSUES COVERED RANGED FROM AVIATION SECURITY AND NEW TEC
Sponsor: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES. AIRFARE PROVIDED BY DELTA AIRLINES.
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,175.00
source

Destination: FLEW TO DETROIT FOR A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR OF THE NEW NORTHWEST AIRLINES TERMINAL.
Sponsor: Northwest Airlines Corporation
Purpose: VISIT THE NEW NORTHWEST TERMINAL IN DETROIT, MI
Date: Jan 28, 2002
Expense: $521.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: AVIATION SECURITY-THE AVIATION SAFETY ALLIANCE LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE SEMINAR
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,119.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STAFF DELEGATION TO LEARN ABOUT THE GAMING INDUSTRY, TRANSPORTATION OFNUCLEAR WASTE TO YUCCA MOUNTAIN, AND SECURITY MEASURES AT MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,449.00
source

Destination: FORT WORTH, TX
Sponsor: PORT OF BROWNSVILLE AND FT. WORTH ALLIANCE AIRPORT
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS PLANS FOR THE PORT OF BROWNSVILLE AND THE ALLIANCE AIRPORT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $420.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Levon Boyagian.


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.