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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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    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*

Alison Buist


Total cost of 11 trips: $18,579.72


Trips traveled under the office of Gordon Smith

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2000
Expense: $100.00
source

Destination: SOUTH AFRICA, MALAWI
Sponsor: Population Action International
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO OBSERVE HOW INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING BE, LETS OPERATE AND EXTENT AT HIV/TB DEVASTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $12,432.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: INVESTIGATE OREGON'S SYSTEM OF LONG TERM CARE, MEET WITH HEALTH POLICY MAKERS (NATIONAL & LOCAL) AND VISIT DIFFERENT TYPES OF LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
Date: Oct 31, 2000
Expense: $1,660.00
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Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: ANNUAL RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH START TO DISCUSS HEALTH LEGISLATION FOR 107TH CONGRESS
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $172.55
source

Destination: COLORADO
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT TO EXAMINE THE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM & IN DENVER & RURAL COLORADO
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,079.67
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $191.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Health Policy Forum
Purpose: SITE VISIT-HOW PAYMENT STREAMS/REGULATIONS AFFECT HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR SENIORS UNDER MEDICAID & MEDICARE
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,284.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: SOCIAL HMD LEGISLATION DISCUSSION
Date: Dec 6, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $924.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH REFORM/CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSN
Purpose: ATTEND ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $215.00
source

Destination: LA, CA
Sponsor: Scan Health Plan
Purpose: VISIT SOCIAL HMO SITE
Date: Aug 27, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $401.50
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Alliance for Health Reform
Purpose: ANNUAL HEALTH POLICY RETREAT FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $120.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Alison Buist.


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.