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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*

Gordon Taylor


Total cost of 20 trips: $35,155.75


Trips traveled under the office of Chris John

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: NATURAL GAS SEMINAR AND PIPELINE FIELD TRIP
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,768.17
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc
Purpose: TOUR NATURAL RESOURCE PROJECTS AND OBSERVE ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $6,674.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: United States-Morroco Council on Trade and Investment
Purpose: TO FOSTER TRADE AND FOREIGN RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MOROCCO
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,585.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: FORUM ON ELECTRIC POWER ISSUES
Date: May 31, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $650.00
source

Destination: U.K. NUCLEAR REPROCESSING AND ENRICHMENT FACILITIES
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: VISIT BRITISH NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $2,542.93
source

Destination: NY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: DISCUSSION WITH CABLE EXECUTIVES ABOUT THE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,502.14
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: VISIT DETROIT AUTO SHOW AND TOUR AUTO FACILITIES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,868.80
source

Destination: ATTEND ANNUAL CONVENTION
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WIRELESS 2002 CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $950.79
source

Destination: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $861.57
source

Destination: MEET WITH SONGWRITERS AND MUSIC EXECUTIVES
Sponsor: Recording Industry Association of America
Purpose: LEARN ABOUT CHALLENGES FACING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $928.00
source

Destination: VISIT MICROSOFT HEADQUARTERS
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: VISIT MICROSOFT CAMPUS; DISCUSS PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jun 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,005.81
source

Destination: MEETINGS WITH FCC, IMPACT OF TRIENNIAL REVIEW, HEALTH OF TELECOM SECTOR
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TELECOM CONFERENCE IN AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,595.00
source

Destination: 3 DAY CONFERENCE AT NEMACOLIN RESORT, FARMINGTON PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINEON, LEVEL(3) COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELECORDIA, SBCA, SPRNT,UNIVERSAL
Purpose: TECH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $863.36
source

Destination: PORTLAND; OREGON; SEATTLE
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: VISIT WITH LEADERS OF THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY
Date: Jun 29, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $2,063.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: UNIVERSAL SERVICE DISCUSSION
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $921.28
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC POLICY RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,330.39
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: 2004 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Date: Jan 6, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,279.63
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: DLC SPRING POLICY RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,812.62
source

Destination: HOTSPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Grocery Manufacturers of America
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $909.00
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES FORUM
Date: May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,044.26
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Gordon Taylor.


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.