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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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    A 21st-century vocational high school

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  • 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.
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    The troubled history of vocational education

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  • 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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EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR, Republican Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $24,638.35

Average cost per trip - $2,053.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 262 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of the Blind
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $286.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Home Builders
Dates - January 16, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Attend board of directors meeting
Notes - No explanation of other expenses

Travel Cost - $1,535.00
Lodging Cost - $340.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $7.40
Total Cost - $1,882.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Power and Light
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Visit power plant
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied; other expense is for rental car

Travel Cost - $788.00
Lodging Cost - $806.68
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost - $290.31
Total Cost - $1,961.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Golf tournament
Notes - Spouse kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $210.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $577.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate on a panel
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $810.12
Lodging Cost - $1,282.64
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,192.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc.
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Meet with Universal Studio Executives
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,509.34
Lodging Cost - $438.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,948.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $838.50
Lodging Cost - $841.83
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,680.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes - spouse Kendel S. Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $460.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,267.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Power
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Visit Arctic coastal plain
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $9,462.60
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,962.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Classified Employees Association Inc.
Dates - October 22, 2001 - October 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $54.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $54.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Dates - October 14, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $87.20
Meal Cost - $8.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $95.45

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.