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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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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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HOBSON, DAVID LEE, Republican Party
Ohio

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $54,975.75

Average cost per trip - $6,108.42
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 113 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - November 23, 2000 - November 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - acpa annual meeting
Notes - Accompanied by wife Carolyn A Hobson

Travel Cost - $3,451.34
Lodging Cost - $1,297.44
Meal Cost - $151.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,900.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $15,535.06
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $19,571.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Crop Protection Association
Dates - September 23, 2001 - September 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - ACPA annual meeting
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,451.34
Lodging Cost - $1,297.44
Meal Cost - $151.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,900.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,905.78
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $1,710.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $8,625.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied from Columbus, Ohio. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,623.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,463.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Crop Life America
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Meeting to discuss outlook for agricultural and environmental legislation
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied.

Travel Cost - $168.50
Lodging Cost - $635.80
Meal Cost - $338.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,142.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes - spouse - Carolyn A. Hobson - other expense is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,163.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,983.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - 2005 Congressional Advisory Board Policy Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Key Biscayne, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $299.20
Lodging Cost - $1,101.75
Meal Cost - $1,136.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,537.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Congressional / Industry workshop
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Columbus, OH Including spouse

Travel Cost - $810.40
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $523.08
Other Cost - $149.94
Total Cost - $1,851.84

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.