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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

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Trips by*

Valerie West


Total cost of 9 trips: $12,694.38


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: TO ATTEND COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS, WHERE SENATOR SMITH WILL BE SPEAKING WATER DISTRICT AND A TAX OFFICIALS FROM 7 COLORADO BASIN STATES
Date: Dec 15, 1999 (2 days)
Expense: $592.25
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR - BURNS, OR
Sponsor: ROARING SPRINGS RANCH
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FLIGHT OVER STEENS MOUNTAIN, OR
Date: Jan 21, 2000
Expense: $307.00
source

Destination: ROSEBURG, OREGON
Sponsor: Association of O&C Counties
Purpose: TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS AND TOUR VARIOUS FACILITIES
Date: Feb 16, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,055.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR TO LEWISTON, ID TO WINTHROP, WA TO EUGENE, OR TO PORTLAND, OR TO WASHINGTON, DC AREA
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperatives
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY AND TO TOUR CERTAIN FACILITIES
Date: Aug 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,340.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: SEMINARS/TOUR EXCHANGE
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $110.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Large Public Power Council
Purpose: TO TALK TO CEOS AND KEY STAFF OF MEMBE SYSTEMS ABOUT PENDING ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $750.58
source

Destination: BOISE, IDAHO AND HELLS CANYON
Sponsor: Idacorp Inc
Purpose: TO TOUR THE HELLS CANYON HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES AND ADJACENT LANDS
Date: Aug 6, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $836.50
source

Destination: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
Sponsor: West Associates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AND SPEAK AT AN ENERGY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $941.90
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR FRENCH NUCLEAR POWER FACILITIES AND TO MEET WITH FRENCH GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,761.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Valerie West.


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.