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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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CALVERT, KEN MR, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $22,916.19

Average cost per trip - $2,291.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 28 days
Rank of representative - 274 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 10, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Guest speaker at annual Generic Drug Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $410.57
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $690.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $214.75
Lodging Cost - $392.71
Meal Cost - $363.00
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $1,025.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of California Water Agencies
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - amended version.

Travel Cost - $686.50
Lodging Cost - $420.23
Meal Cost - $122.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,229.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Imperial, CA

Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $357.47
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $357.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Urban Water Institute
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $305.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jacobs Engineering Group
Dates - August 28, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Oakland, CA

Purpose - Visit and inspect Lawrence Livermore (sp?) laboratory
Notes -

Travel Cost - $205.50
Lodging Cost - $169.50
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $475.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Dates - April 14, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ontario, Canada

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $20.00
Lodging Cost - $254.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $499.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Dates - February 28, 2004 - February 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $243.17
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $323.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ziyad Abduljawad
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 14, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Riyad, Saudi Arabia

Purpose - To meet with US Embassy, consulate officials, and high level Saudi government officials to promote discourse and better relations between the two nations.
Notes - Washington, DC - Riyad, Saudi Arabia - San Diego, CA (*Note: Due to security risks, I stayed in a private home where meals were provided. Below is my best estimate about expenses.)

Travel Cost - $9,739.90
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,789.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust Inc
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Participated on panel discussing federal issues to include Port Capacity and Security issues; Wine industry concerns (Pierce's; consolidation in industry)
Notes - Washington, DC - Napa Valley, CA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $5,445.08
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $458.87
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,221.39

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.