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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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    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

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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

  • 09.11.14

    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*

Yelberton Watkins


Total cost of 11 trips: $15,352.00


Trips traveled under the office of James Clyburn

Destination: CASABLANCA, RABAT, MARRAKECH IN MOROCCO AND LAAYOUNE IN WESTERN SAHARA
Sponsor: US-Morocco Affairs Council
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ALONG WITH OFFICIALS IN PUBLIC/PRIVATE SECTORS TO DISCUSS MUTUAL U.S.-MOROCCO ISSUES
Date: Jan 11, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $1,757.08
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE/BELL ATLANTIC/HUMPTY DUMPTY INST.
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Jun 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,122.09
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHARLESTON, S.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $766.64
source

Destination: NETHERLANDS/(AMSTERDAM)
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES (INCLUDING URANIUM ENRICHMENT)
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,504.57
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUB
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TRADE CONFERENCE-DISCUSSION OF DR-CAFTA REGULATORY & POLICY
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO AL CIVIL RIGHTS MONUMENTS AND SITES, BRIEFINGS, DISCUSSIONS, TOURS
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $863.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: SBC Communications Inc
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES-IMPLICATIONS, PROPOSALS FOR REWRITE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,023.50
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO-SAN FRANCISCO-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: ATTEND NCTA'S NATIONAL SHOW, MEET WITH CABLE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES, DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,586.90
source

Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Telecommunications Industry Association
Purpose: ATTEND POLICY SUMMIT. PARTICIPATE ON PANEL, DISCUSS COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES, INTERFACE WITH MANUFACTURES AND SUPPLIERS OF COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $528.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: DISCUSSION CAFTA, AND TRADE BRIEFINGS
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,890.31
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, DISCUSS ISSUES WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES AND DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY OF SC
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Yelberton Watkins.


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.