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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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    The troubled history of vocational education

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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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FLAKE, JEFF, Republican Party
Arizona

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $27,996.20

Average cost per trip - $2,333.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 232 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,183.20
Lodging Cost - $2,023.70
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $11,584.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation
Dates - September 7, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip; government meetings.
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $800.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,520.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake and children Ryan, Alexis, Tanner, Austin, and Dallin accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,832.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding, meetings
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Speak on panel at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Cheryl Flake accompanied

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,421.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cato Institute
Dates - February 27, 2003 - March 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - CATO Institute annual benefactor summit, participated as speaker
Notes - Other costs are listed on otherwise identical forms as for 'activity' or 'discussion group during boat ride'

Travel Cost - $1,854.60
Lodging Cost - $283.40
Meal Cost - $141.75
Other Cost - $145.25
Total Cost - $2,425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative members retreat
Notes - Washington DC - Baltimore, MD

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $191.91
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $519.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To take part in a panel for a Club of Growth Conference
Notes - DC - Ft Myers, FL - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $856.60
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 20, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - Fact- finding
Notes - Phoenix - Miami - Cuba / Cuba - Miami - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $271.00
Meal Cost - $142.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,121.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - To participate in a Club for Growth conference event
Notes - Phoenix - Palm Beach - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $279.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,729.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - April 29, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To speak at Heritage luncheon
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Phoenix

Travel Cost - $324.20
Lodging Cost - $228.65
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arizona Economic Forum
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Flagstaff, AZ

Purpose - Speak on panel re: immigration at the Arizona Economic Forum Annual Conference
Notes - Phoenix - Flagstaff, AZ Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $218.10
Meal Cost - $18.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $236.98

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.