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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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DELAHUNT, WILLIAM D, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,075.05

Average cost per trip - $1,884.38
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 361 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Retailers Association for Massachusetts
Dates - July 15, 2000 - July 15, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Martha's Vineyard, MA

Purpose - 2000 Eastern NASRAI Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $460.00
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $495.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Rice
Dates - April 10, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Promotion of trade
Notes - Other costs are for departure tax ($50 - Miami; $20 - Havana)

Travel Cost - $445.00
Lodging Cost - $579.00
Meal Cost - $107.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $1,201.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement, conference participant
Notes - Other costs are for airport car service

Travel Cost - $547.50
Lodging Cost - $1,404.21
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $225.80
Total Cost - $2,177.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 21, 2003 - January 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Explore opportunities for US business and fact finding mission
Notes - Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $349.00
Lodging Cost - $310.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $869.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Investigate opportunities for US business
Notes - Other costs are for airport tax - Havana

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,116.00
Meal Cost - $133.68
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,051.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Dates - February 4, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Guatemala

Purpose - Fact-finding trip related to adoption
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany

Purpose - To evaluate US relations with the European Union, Germany, and France, and to discuss trade, security, and economic issues.
Notes - Boston - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Boston

Travel Cost - $3,377.20
Lodging Cost - $894.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,921.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - NYC - Key Largo - Boston 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.