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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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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    The troubled history of vocational education

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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*

Ted Van Der Meid


Total cost of 18 trips: $36,419.16


Trips traveled under the office of J. Dennis Hastert

Destination: NEMACOLIN, PA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $540.00
source

Destination: TOKYO-KYOTO
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $9,470.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Walt Disney Co
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,420.17
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,894.03
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $823.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W.V.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $660.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W.V.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 5, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $914.00
source

Destination: ST. MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: THE HOMESTEAD-HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $308.25
source

Destination: ST.MICHAEL'S, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,105.00
source

Destination: DCA (WASHINGTON, DC) TO SVO (MOSCOW, RUSSIA) TO IAD (DULLES, VIRGINIA)
Sponsor: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY COUNCIL/RUSSIAN DUMA
Purpose: INTERPARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,749.00
source

Destination: LINKOPING/STOCKHOLM/COPENHAGEN
Sponsor: Saab AB
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Aug 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,013.00
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN IN IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $271.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Ted Van Der Meid.


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.