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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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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*

Jessica Wallace


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,877.15


Trips traveled under the office of W.J. Tauzin

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: PRESENTATION & SITE VISITS
Date: Sep 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,591.02
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: ALTV AND DISNEY
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL; VISIT CEO/PRESIDENT COO
Date: Jan 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,380.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON 2 PANELS
Date: Apr 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $640.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 15, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,157.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATION OR ISSUES FALLING THE CABLE INDUSTRY
Date: Dec 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,033.57
source

Destination:
Sponsor: CES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING STAFF SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR
Date: Jan 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,940.15
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: TOUR SBC FACILITIES, MEETINGS WITH PRESIDENT
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,013.45
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, FACT FINDING & SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: May 4, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,433.02
source

Destination:
Sponsor: News Corporation Ltd
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ EXECUTIVES
Date: May 29, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TOUR CES FLOOR, MEETINGS W/ MEMBER COMPANIES
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Expense: $2,082.13
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL
Date: Apr 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,406.81
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Jessica Wallace.


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.