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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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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    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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CASTLE, MICHAEL N, Republican Party
Delaware

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $86,376.81

Average cost per trip - $4,546.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 52 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 17, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US Policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane who, according to notes, participated in conference

Travel Cost - $2,272.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $1,296.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,360.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $9,050.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Fundraising for Republican
Notes - Other costs: Ground transport

Travel Cost - $608.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,186.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle who, according to notes, participated in the conference

Travel Cost - $3,317.26
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,327.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Policy Network -- Educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Castle

Travel Cost - $142.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,090.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,332.60
Lodging Cost - $2,777.92
Meal Cost - $187.80
Other Cost - $354.74
Total Cost - $4,653.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Dates 2/20 - 2/21 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,305.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,438.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Informational
Notes - Spouse Jane D Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $626.75
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost - $275.00
Total Cost - $2,304.49

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,093.00
Lodging Cost - $329.09
Meal Cost - $524.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,946.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Life Insurance Co.
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - briefing on insurance industry and financial services issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $176.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - policy discussion
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $842.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost - $253.32
Total Cost - $1,956.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle -- dates at personal expense 5/26-5/27

Travel Cost - $3,604.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,954.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Jane D. Castle

Travel Cost - $2,672.56
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $6,947.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,785.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,625.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Jane Castle accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,918.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,568.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,768.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,088.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes - Philadelphia - Cancun, Mexico - Philadelphia

Travel Cost - $4,607.62
Lodging Cost - $3,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,347.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Istanbul, Turkey - Philadelphia, PA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,607.90
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,257.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NBC/Discovery Channel
Dates - June 26, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Participate in a Discovery Channel special
Notes - Wilmington, DE - New York, NY - Wilmington, DE

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $100.00

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.