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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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  • 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.

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*

Lawrence Willcox


Total cost of 17 trips: $51,082.59


Trips traveled under the office of Sam Johnson

Destination: PALO AITO, CA
Sponsor: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,709.90
source

Destination: ARGENTINA
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TAX TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $8,420.00
source

Destination: DAILY MEETINGS & SPEECHES & PANEL CONTRIBUTIONS
Sponsor: National Foreign Trade Council
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, BRUSSELS, PARIS
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP WITH TAX & TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
Date: May 26, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,834.00
source

Destination: TRIP TO THE HOMESTEAD IN HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: Electronic Industries Alliance
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $955.78
source

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

Destination: MEETINGS WITH NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS
Sponsor: Tax Foundation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP FOR INSIGHT INTO NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIAN TAX SYSTEMS
Date: Dec 8, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $7,800.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Jon Kyl

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ON BOND MARKETS
Date: Jun 3, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $457.00
source

Destination: TOKYO, JAPAN & KYOTO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP TO MEET WITH JAPANESE LEGISLATORS AND POLICYMAKERS WORKERS TO GAIN INSIGHT INTO JAPANESE POLICYMAKING PROCESS, POLITICAL, SOCIAL & ECONOMIC TRENDS
Date: Feb 16, 2002 (8 days)
Expense: $10,160.91
source

Destination: SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Feb 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.00
source

Destination: MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: SENATE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $354.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $896.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $453.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR; SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,963.00
source

Destination: IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $776.00
source

Destination: SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA (GREENBRIER)
Sponsor: AMERICAN BENEFITS INSTITUTE/NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING (PENSION CONFERENCE)
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (GREENBRIER), WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $820.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lawrence Willcox.


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.