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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

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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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DOYLE, MIKE, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $41,246.00

Average cost per trip - $6,874.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 35 days
Rank of representative - 156 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political/legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of congress
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,940.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,440.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Company
Dates - October 25, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tulsa, OK

Purpose - Fact-finding / tour of the facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,212.00
Lodging Cost - $237.00
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NEI
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - spouse Susan Doyle accompanied. Other costs are for escorts, interpreters, transfers and baggage handling.

Travel Cost - $13,846.00
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,700.00
Other Cost - $340.00
Total Cost - $18,006.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aruba

Purpose - Speaker at annual convention
Notes - Spouse Susan Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,722.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,622.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carnegie Mellon University, Athens Information Technology Institute
Dates - April 12, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Athens, Greece

Purpose - Fact finding - graduation
Notes - Son David Doyle accompanied

Travel Cost - $7,976.00
Lodging Cost - $2,724.00
Meal Cost - $780.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Foundation
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tortola

Purpose - Speaker at annual prayer breakfast
Notes - Pittsburgh, PA - Tortola, BVI - Pittsburgh, PA (Tortola, British Virgin Islands)

Travel Cost - $2,228.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,228.00

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.