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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.

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Trips by*

William Williams


Total cost of 11 trips: $17,809.42


Trips traveled under the office of J. Gresham Barrett

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATION/TRAINING
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: ST. PETE BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Capital One Financial Corporation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 6, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,091.65
source

Destination: GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG, SC TO LAS VEGAS, NEVADA TO GSP, SOUTH CAROLINA - TO TOUR YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SITE
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TO TOUR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S (DOE) NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN.
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,400.09
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,454.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF TRAINING/EDUCATION
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C - N.Y.C.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: TRAINING/EDUCATION
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source

Destination: ENGLAND
Sponsor: BNFL Nuclear Services Inc
Purpose: LEARN MORE ABOUT MORE FACILITY AND OTHER ENERGY RELATED ISSUES.
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,489.97
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: AREVA Group
Purpose: TO TOUR AREVA'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES IN FRANCE THAT HAVE EXPERTISE AND OPERATE IN EVERY SECTOR OF THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY, INCLUDING MOX FACILITIES, NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE, REACTORS, INSTRUMENTATION, NUCLEAR MEASUREMENT, SYSTEMS AND ENGINEERING
Date: Nov 27, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,558.71
source

Destination: PHILA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Feb 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $893.00
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BI-CAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,006.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON
Sponsor: Charleston Area Convention and Visitor Bureau
Purpose: TOURISM ISSUES (ONE OF SC TOP INDUSTRIES)
Date: May 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $775.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named William Williams.


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.