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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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DREIER, DAVID, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $24,566.43

Average cost per trip - $1,068.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 263 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,450.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Galapagos Conservancy Foundation
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ecuador

Purpose - to review U.S.-Ecuador environmental and resources-related issues
Notes - Other costs not specified. Attached form disclosing gift from Government of Ecuador - transport $154.10 and accommodation/meals $451.48

Travel Cost - $3,843.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $255.00
Total Cost - $4,798.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $507.50
Lodging Cost - $618.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,425.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Notes - no location indicated

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Notes - no location indicated, other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $62.50
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $722.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,996.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,051.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 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) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Delegation retreat
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - CA delegation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $111.30
Total Cost - $469.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - technology meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Walker Digital
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greenwich, CT

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $445.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $605.50
Lodging Cost - $372.24
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Grove
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Los Angeles 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) - Principia High School
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Washington, DC 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) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Irvington, VA - Washington, DC 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) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Phil - Washington, DC 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) - Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement re: agricultural issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Kansas City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $270.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.40

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.