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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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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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DELAY, THOMAS DALE, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $108,566.48

Average cost per trip - $6,386.26
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 30 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Center for Public Policy Research
Dates - May 25, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Scotland - England

Purpose - educational
Notes - Accompanied by wife Christine DeLay. Location listed as Great Britain.

Travel Cost - $20,266.00
Lodging Cost - $3,840.00
Meal Cost - $4,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $28,106.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia - Singapore

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,232.00
Lodging Cost - $1,796.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,428.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $27,000.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $28,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $702.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,242.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - speak at national conference on transportation security issues in Kona
Notes - Jan. 10-14 at personal expense. Kona, HI - Vail, CO

Travel Cost - $4,642.80
Lodging Cost - $824.48
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,967.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 15, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Restoration weekend
Notes - Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,042.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $468.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,026.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ leadership summit
Notes - Transport cost paid for by eBay, a participant in the summit

Travel Cost - $968.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $290.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,218.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IDT Inc.
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - AIPAC policy speech at event honoring Howard Jonas, chairman of IDT, Inc
Notes - transportation was a charter and it was roundtrip

Travel Cost - $3,595.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,595.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - House leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Notes - Houston - Richmond - Houston

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Houston - Phoenix [assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - 19th Annual Aviation Issues Conference
Notes - Phoenix - Kona - Houston

Travel Cost - $8,020.50
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $876.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,811.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
Dates - February 12, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Palm Springs, CA - Houston 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


Sponsor(s) - DeLay Foundation for Kids
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 6, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Houston - Miami - Houston 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


Sponsor(s) - FOX News Sunday
Dates - October 1, 2005 - October 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Officially connected travel
Notes - Sugar Land, TX - Washington, DC - Sugar Land, TX

Travel Cost - $13,998.55
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,998.55

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.