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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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    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*

Steven Wall


Total cost of 13 trips: $13,742.41


Trips traveled under the office of Trent Lott

Destination: LAKE MANASSAS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Citizens for Civil Justice Reform
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE RE: "CIVIL JUSTICE REFORM: THE YEAR 2000"
Date: Dec 9, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $207.00
source

Destination: MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA
Sponsor: National Fisheries Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING THE CATFISH, SHRIMP, AND OYSTER INDUSTRIES
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $935.08
source

Destination: HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS)
Purpose: ATTEND ALTS ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $904.90
source

Destination: MIDDLETOWN NJ, NEW YORK NY, BEDMINSTER NJ
Sponsor: AT&T Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP: VISIT AND TOUR AT&T LABS AND GLOBAL NETWORK OPERATIONS CENTER
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $520.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: COPYRIGHT PROTECTION CONFERENCE / FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,921.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY & SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: May 31, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,824.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON CABLE ISSUES
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,538.14
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA & SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: HIGH TECH FACT FINDING / SITE VISIT TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,940.00
source

Destination: FARMINGTON, PA
Sponsor: ACT, ALCATEL, AT&T, AT&T WIRELESS, INFINCON, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, MICROSOFT, TELCORDIA, SBCA, SPRINT, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Purpose: TECH POLICY 2003 FIFTH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $653.68
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: FOURTH ANNUAL CTIA POLICY RETREAT
Date: May 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $502.33
source

Destination: PORTLAND, MAINE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: CABLE INDUSTRY FACT-FINDING TRIP, INCLUDING STUDY OF CABLE IP TELEPHONY, BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT, & DIGITAL TELEVISION
Date: Aug 13, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,095.07
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Comcast Corporation
Purpose: ATTEND ISSUES CONFERENCE: "FASTER FORWARD: THE CABLE INDUSTRY'S TRANSITION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS"
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $901.21
source

Destination: RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Comptel/ASCENT
Purpose: ATTEND 2004 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $800.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Steven Wall.


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.