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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

  • 09.17.14

    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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ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $72,810.58

Average cost per trip - $4,854.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 67 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Judy Istook

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the board of directors meeting
Notes - Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $692.50
Lodging Cost - $627.58
Meal Cost - $266.35
Other Cost - $34.57
Total Cost - $1,621.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation, phones and other.

Travel Cost - $526.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $535.00
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,609.68
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Policy Center
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Overview of Seattle transportation infrastructure and needs.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,263.60
Lodging Cost - $874.94
Meal Cost - $120.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,258.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


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 Judy Istook, meals incl in lodging

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC

Travel Cost - $403.28
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Notes - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Chicago, IL - OKC, OK

Travel Cost - $10,324.30
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,239.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $809.30
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $895.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $2,859.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IBM
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yorktown Heights, NY

Purpose - Tour IBM New York research facilities
Notes - Washington, DC - Yorktown Heights, NY - Hawthorne, NY Including spouse

Travel Cost - $358.92
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $387.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Lihue - Kauai - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,144.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,850.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To expand trade relations between Oklahoma and China
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - China - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,048.00
Lodging Cost - $2,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,848.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Pepperdine University and the Heritage Foundation conference on entitlement reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $573.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $707.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,856.58

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.