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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*

Christy Surprenant


Total cost of 14 trips: $14,387.84


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: NEMACOLIN RESORT IN FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $540.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA-KINGSMILL
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $589.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $886.00
source

Destination: ST MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VIRGINIA
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose:
Date: Jan 29, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $993.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $827.90
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (THE GREENBRIER)
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 3, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,619.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-HOT SPRINGS, VA-ALEXANDRIA, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $836.42
source

Destination: HOMESTEAD VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,233.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: MEMBER RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,067.32
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,439.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,256.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Christy Surprenant.


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.