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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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    The troubled history of vocational education

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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*

Lorianne Woodrow


Total cost of 7 trips: $18,801.45


Trips traveled under the office of Norm Coleman

Destination: TAIWAN, ROC
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, FOREIGN POLICY STUDY
Date: Dec 3, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $4,150.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $5,391.30
source

Destination: JORDAN
Sponsor: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, FOREIGN POLICY STUDY
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,400.00
source

Destination: EL SALVADOR
Sponsor: International Republican Institute
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,188.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO DISCUSS MANAGEMENT REFORM FACILITIES UPGRADE AND CURRENT MISSIONS
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $543.50
source

Destination: GUATEMALA
Sponsor: Commission for Agriculture Commerce Industry and Finance
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO DISCERN MAJOR ISSUES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED U.S.-CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (CAFTA), AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES IN THE U.S.-GUATEMALA BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRAVEL TO FOCUS ON THE US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP, THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS & DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
Date: Jan 8, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,728.15
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Lorianne Woodrow.


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.