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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

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DEFAZIO, PETER A, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $28,215.68

Average cost per trip - $3,526.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 230 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - fact finding tour of Tongass Ntl Forest
Notes - Accompanied by wife Myrnie Daut

Travel Cost - $1,069.90
Lodging Cost - $1,117.98
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,207.88

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - AAR's Legislative Conference
Notes - Other costs are rental car

Travel Cost - $2,318.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $139.93
Total Cost - $4,417.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Maui, HI

Purpose - Aviation Issues conference, discussion with industry
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,600.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost - $850.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,257.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - discussion of current aviation issues
Notes - Other costs are for parking. Transportation costs are for round trip first class.

Travel Cost - $4,958.84
Lodging Cost - $824.48
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $6,319.32

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aviation Safety Alliance
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - discussion of aviation security post September 11
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,640.00
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,217.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, National Audobon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society
Dates - June 28, 2003 - July 2, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Oil Drilling, Energy and Wilderness Issues
Notes - Spouse Myrnie Daut accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,292.58
Lodging Cost - $324.00
Meal Cost - $285.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,902.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-New Zealand Council
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (14 days)
Location(s) - New Zealand

Purpose - US-NZ trade issues
Notes - Other expenses breakdown: sight seeing flight over Milford Sound - $140; departure tax - $12.50; gratuities for baggage handlers - $7.50; escort/information staff from travel agent - $50

Travel Cost - $1,285.50
Lodging Cost - $1,145.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost - $210.00
Total Cost - $2,746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Air Traffic Controllers Assn
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 11, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Spoke to NATCA Conference
Notes - [location listed on personal financial disclosure statement]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $117.17
Meal Cost - $31.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $148.47

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.