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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.

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Trips by*

Michael Sullivan


Total cost of 27 trips: $45,396.82


Trips traveled under the office of Mary Bono

Destination: DC-LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-BROADCAST, DTV, COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,358.00
source

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,527.50
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RE: CABLE ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,435.49
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TELECOM FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 22, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,934.77
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Ensign

Destination: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON HIGH-TECH ISSUES AND SITE VISITS TO HIGH-TECH FIRMS
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING-VISIT AND TOUR OF TELCO CENTRAL OFFICE AND EDUCATIONAL BRIEFINGS BY TELCO EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 8, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,869.23
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: YAHOO AND EBAY
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO RESEARCH INTERNET RELATED ISSUES
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,140.90
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL STAFF CABLE ISSUES FACT FINDING
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,987.62
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON TECHNOLOGY ISSUES AND BRIEFINGS ON TECHNOLOGY
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,096.97
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE STAFF TRIP-SPOKE AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON ECONOMIC AND POLICY ISSUES
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,665.00
source

Destination: LA AND SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: BRIEFINGS AND PLANT TOURS RELATED TO THE IT INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,242.00
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL ABOUT VOIP AND FACT FINDING ABOUT TELECOM ISSUES
Date: Mar 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $260.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKER ON VOIP PANEL AND FACT FINDING TRIP RELATED TO HIGH TECH TASK FORCE DUTIES
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,896.88
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,988.76
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: FACTFINDING VISITS WITH RURAL TELCOS
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $3,874.47
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: SPEAK AT PFF TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND PARTICIPATE IN FACT FINDING WORKSHOPS AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,746.25
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Business Political Action Committees
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND GAVE 3 DIFFERENT SPEECHES
Date: Nov 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $714.94
source

Destination: ORLANDO AND CAPE CANAVERAL FLORIDA
Sponsor: SES Americom
Purpose: SATELLITE LAUNCH AND BRIEFINGS
Date: Dec 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $963.89
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON HIGH TECH ISSUES AND EQUIPMENT
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,079.47
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $383.00
source

Destination: SARASOTA, FL
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND PANEL PARTICIPATION ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,889.79
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO WIRELESS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,408.80
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Progress & Freedom Foundation
Purpose: LAW AND ECONOMICS CLASSES RELATED TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,559.78
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING--TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,868.50
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,405.88
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO VISIT THE LABS OF BELLSOUTH AND VIEW IPTV TECHNOLOGIES BEING DEVELOPED AND TO DISCUSS POLICY IMPLICATIONS
Date: Apr 18, 2005
Expense: $571.94
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Clear Channel Communications Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING RELATED TO BROADCAST AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Date: May 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,463.99
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Michael Sullivan.


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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.