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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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BAKER, RICHARD HUGH, Republican Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $26,980.34

Average cost per trip - $2,452.76
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 241 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,360.00
Lodging Cost - $810.00
Meal Cost - $437.00
Other Cost - $303.00
Total Cost - $3,910.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, NYSE
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - original had total costs in other so we moved

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $680.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Association of Risk Professionals
Dates - January 31, 2000 - February 1, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $765.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae
Dates - February 24, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $290.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fannie Mae
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Financial Services -- Technology Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mortgage Insurance Companies of America
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Meeting/seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $661.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $1,771.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank Seattle
Dates - August 31, 2000 - September 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $1,265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stephens Inc.
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Doesn't indicate what other costs are

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - To speak at SIA's legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Kay Baker, lodge cost listed as $305 per night for one room, other costs are ground travel

Travel Cost - $2,287.50
Lodging Cost - $915.00
Meal Cost - $884.00
Other Cost - $211.00
Total Cost - $4,297.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank Seattle
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 11, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - To speak at various meetings at their conference and reviewed housing issues
Notes - Spouse - Kay Baker

Travel Cost - $5,256.84
Lodging Cost - $2,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,311.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Dates - April 15, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - GA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - BTR - GA / GA - BTR (Baton Rouge) This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No

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.