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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

    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.

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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FOLEY, MARK, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $43,639.60

Average cost per trip - $1,818.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 95 days
Rank of representative - 148 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Working with the media retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $15.00
Lodging Cost - $204.00
Meal Cost - $115.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $334.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cape Cod, MA

Purpose - Workshop/Congressional Education Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entertainment Industry Development Corp.
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Public Forum on Runaway Production
Notes -

Travel Cost - $420.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $940.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Financial Investment Advisers
Dates - September 10, 2000 - September 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Transportation from West Palm beach to Orlando
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Resort Development Association
Dates - July 22, 2000 - July 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speech -- trustees conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,014.69
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 23, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Meet with Business and government leaders to discuss public policy affecting U.S. and Italy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $5,435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 4, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Conference/seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $153.00
Lodging Cost - $1,215.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,824.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement - national convention.
Notes - Amended filing to show sponsor and purpose.

Travel Cost - $390.25
Lodging Cost - $330.92
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $721.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - Meetings with senior representatives in national state governments in India
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $6,871.74
Lodging Cost - $1,139.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,010.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Recording Industry Association of America
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings and tours with Sony, Warner and Universal record labels.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Distillers and Vinters, North America
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - Conference
Notes - Transport includes ground transportation

Travel Cost - $954.00
Lodging Cost - $1,971.00
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,493.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Invest to Compete Alliance
Dates - July 5, 2002 - July 8, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - congressional leadership educational seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.35
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,970.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - reviewing high tech industries
Notes - other includes ground transportation. NB - this is an ammendment - original gave higher transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $2,272.00
Lodging Cost - $996.36
Meal Cost - $654.45
Other Cost - $341.88
Total Cost - $4,264.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American College of Radiation Oncology
Dates - February 27, 2004 - February 28, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaking to annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $530.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $530.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mortgage Bankers Association
Dates - January 31, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - participation in the annual Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate Finance Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $684.77
Lodging Cost - $572.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.77

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - DC- Scottsdale, AZ - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference - Speaking participation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,101.75
Meal Cost - $568.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,669.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 7, 2004 - August 11, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver, CO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $438.40
Lodging Cost - $566.82
Meal Cost - $181.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,186.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Inc
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - West Palm Beach, FL - Miami, FL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $348.71
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FLA USA, Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes - West Palm Beach, FL - London, England - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost - $1,978.95
Lodging Cost - $1,463.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,691.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Salem Law Group, Allergan, American Assn of Ophthalmology
Dates - October 23, 2004 - October 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Tampa, FL - New Orleans, LA - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost - $140.00
Lodging Cost - $487.40
Meal Cost - $19.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $647.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - November 5, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Miami, FL - Naples, FL - West Palm Beach, FL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $365.58
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - August 1, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC
Notes - Speaking engagement

Travel Cost - $496.56
Lodging Cost - $843.66
Meal Cost - $303.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,643.64

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.