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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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  • 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.

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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ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $65,480.09

Average cost per trip - $5,036.93
Total number of days spent traveling - 57 days
Rank of representative - 80 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - October 5, 2001 - October 10, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahrain - Beirut, Lebanon - Paris, France

Purpose - To promote support for the war on terrorism
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10,227.42
Lodging Cost - $665.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,892.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Philippines United Against Crime, Kuwait FOTN
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 27, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Philippines - Kuwait

Purpose - Research
Notes - Spouse Katharine S. Issa

Travel Cost - $9,979.62
Lodging Cost - $2,300.00
Meal Cost - $1,462.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,741.62

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 Katharine S. Issa, other costs not specified, meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - May 24, 2002 - May 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - Participate in panel discussion and keynote speaker
Notes - accompanied by spouse Katharine Issa

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,300.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 6, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - to see first-hand the strides made in the hi-tech arena
Notes - accompanied by spouse Katharine Issa

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $980.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,520.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 4, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,882.75
Lodging Cost - $687.20
Meal Cost - $168.14
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,738.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - March 17, 2002 - March 18, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,399.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $177.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,576.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lebanese American Association
Dates - March 2, 2002 - March 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Burlingame, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes - accompanied by spouse Katharine Issa

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 11, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Consumer Electronics Show
Notes - Spouse Katharine S Issa accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,324.00
Lodging Cost - $879.63
Meal Cost - $282.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,485.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend the Consumer Electronics Show as a Leader in Technology guest
Notes - San Diego - Las Vegas - San Diego

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $678.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Notes - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal expense: 3/31 - 4/4 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $15,084.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $3,053.00
Total Cost - $18,137.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend the Consumer Electronics Show
Notes - Phoenix - Las Vegas - San Diego Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $640.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,248.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's Int'l Economic Forum
Dates - August 28, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Luxor, Egypt

Purpose - Address the third IT and Telecom Conference in the Arab World. For the past two consecutive years, Cong. Issa has been invited to attend and address this regional conference organized by the Forum.
Notes - Cairo - Luxor - Cairo Including spouse No Date Stamp from the Office of the Clerk US House of Representatives

Travel Cost - $320.00
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $460.00

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.