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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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  • 09.10.14

    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*

Missy Branson


Total cost of 11 trips: $19,072.70


Trips traveled under the office of Howard Coble

Destination: AMELIA ISLAND/JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Trucking Associations
Purpose: REGULATORY & LEGISLATIVE ISSUES AFFECTING THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $828.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA RENO, NV; LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: International Game Technology
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO GAMING AND MANUFACTURING-RELATED ISSUE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,437.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION EDUCATION ISSUES CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 6, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,409.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF CRUISE LINES
Purpose: RECEIVE BRIEFING ON TRAVEL INDUSTRY ISSUES A TO PARTICIPATE IN NEWSHIP-NAMING CEREMONY
Date: Nov 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $287.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: State of Qatar
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO LEARN ABOUT QATAR'S GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE
Date: Jan 4, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $6,740.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $372.00
source

Destination: NEMACOLIN
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ACT, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, NARM, PEGASUS, SPRINT, VERISIGN, VSDA, XO COMMUNICATIONS
Purpose: TECHPOLICY 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $657.46
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MOUNTAIN
Date: May 29, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,104.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE ON THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
Date: Jul 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,339.00
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VA
Sponsor: BellSouth Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE
Date: Jul 18, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $649.24
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.V.
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EXAMINE THE ROK-US ALLIANCE AND TENSIONS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,250.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Missy Branson.


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.