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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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  • 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.

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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DEGETTE, DIANA L, Democratic Party
Colorado

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $40,879.36

Average cost per trip - $2,919.95
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 158 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participation in a conference on education
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,837.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,070.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,017.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $486.11
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,857.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 19, 2003 - July 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To speak to group
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky and children Francesca and Raphaela Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for clothing. No dates listed.

Travel Cost - $1,386.00
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $414.00
Other Cost - $42.00
Total Cost - $3,151.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - Policy trip
Notes -

Travel Cost - $110.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Lino Lipinsky accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,613.82
Lodging Cost - $2,280.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,293.82

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 conference on education reform.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,369.51
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,689.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Govt Harvard Univ
Dates - November 29, 2004 - November 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaker at orientation for newly elected Members of Congress
Notes - Denver, CO- Boston, MA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $992.20
Lodging Cost - $219.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $248.00
Total Cost - $1,559.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research
Dates - November 18, 2002 - November 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speak to the BioConference
Notes - Denver, CO - San Diego, CA - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $380.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fordham Univ Center for Ethics Education Summit
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To speak to the Fordham Summit on Bio-Pharmaceuticals for the 21st Century
Notes - Denver, CO - New York, NY - Denver, CO

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $773.72
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $858.72

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - US- German Congressional roundtable. [Amended sponsor, previously French American Foundation]
Notes - Denver, CO - Paris, France - Frankfurt, Germany - Denver, CO

Travel Cost - $3,320.00
Lodging Cost - $1,366.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Denver, CO - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Denver, CO Including spouse

Travel Cost - $540.00
Lodging Cost - $1,276.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,316.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Denver, CO Note: Paid for $500 worth of trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - Conference on US-Russia-Europe cooperative efforts
Notes - Denver, CO - Dublin, Ireland - Denver, CO Personal expense: 8/19 - 8/20/05

Travel Cost - $2,530.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,592.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.