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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

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GEPHARDT, RICHARD A, Democratic Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,390.40

Average cost per trip - $1,798.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 375 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Address ATLA National Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $373.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $607.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Dates - June 29, 2000 - June 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Address their annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,163.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,163.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To give a speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $151.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $151.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - November 30, -1 - November 30, -1
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Spouse Jane Gephardt accompanied. [assumed destination]. Meals included in lodging cost. No dates listed.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - ATLA yearly conference
Notes - no location indicated. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $545.00
Lodging Cost - $256.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $801.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - March 9, 2004 - March 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - participate in annual meetings
Notes - with spouse Jane Gephardt. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $771.40
Lodging Cost - $499.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,270.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Panetta Institute, University of CA at Monterey
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To be part of student program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,800.00
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,099.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sunbelt Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - July 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To meet with University Professors from US Colleges re: Educations Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,348.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,348.00

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.