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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.

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*

Jennifer Thompson


Total cost of 7 trips: $34,223.54


Trips traveled under the office of Robin Hayes

Destination:
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $2,171.56
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Purpose: TO DISCUSS TRADE AND DEFENSE ISSUES BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND THE U.S.
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,953.89
source

Destination: STOCKHOLM SWEDEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT SAAB'S DEFENSE SYSTEMS AND WAYS TO FURTHER INCREASE US-SWEDISH COOPERATION IN NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS, INCLUDING STRENGTHENING FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE US
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,583.09
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY
Sponsor: Hanseatic Institute Inc
Purpose: TO LOOK AT THE US MILITARY PRESENCE IN GERMANY, VISIT WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT LANDSTUHL, LOOK AT EXPANSION OF RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE AND DISCUSS DOD PLANS TO REALIGN US MILITARY PRESENCE IN GERMANY
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $1,930.00
source

Destination: MOROCCO
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: EXPLORE AND LEARN ABOUT THE US-MOROCCO RELATIONSHIP THE PROCESS OF POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC REFORM IN MOROCCO AND THE DISPUTE OVER WESTERN SAHARA
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of John Thune

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $3,900.00
source

Destination: JAPAN
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,040.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jennifer Thompson.


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.