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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.
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    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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KANJORSKI, PAUL E, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $53,137.52

Average cost per trip - $2,952.08
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 118 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vermont Credit Union League
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - guest panelist at VCUL's Annual meeting and convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $804.00
Lodging Cost - $99.19
Meal Cost - $29.97
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse, Nancy Kanjorski; under lodging -double occupance rm, same price as single rm

Travel Cost - $389.50
Lodging Cost - $636.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,835.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski

Travel Cost - $4,268.40
Lodging Cost - $619.59
Meal Cost - $216.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,104.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - European Union Center
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - Participation in policy conference on International Aspects of e-Government
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $99.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $99.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation, Region of Calabria
Dates - April 17, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Vibo Valentia, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Nancy M. Kanjorski, other costs for ground trans.

Travel Cost - $1,552.00
Lodging Cost - $1,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $5,152.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 16, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech to Future Industry Association's conference.
Notes - accompanied by chief of staff, Karen M. Feather. Transport cost is for limousine service.

Travel Cost - $250.16
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - October 26, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tours of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,380.45
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $219.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,794.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - Participating in NASDAQ Leadership Summit - sat on panel with other government officials and business leaders re: ways to stimulate US economy
Notes - Spouse Nancy M Kanjorski accompanied - traveled to Key Biscayne from Wilkes Barre PA.

Travel Cost - $4,118.34
Lodging Cost - $2,881.50
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,049.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - November 11, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Ring opening bell at New York Stock Exchange and tour trading floor
Notes - Transportation expenses were half of the total cost.

Travel Cost - $127.07
Lodging Cost - $416.46
Meal Cost - $16.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $559.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Realtors
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participating as a panelist at National Association of Realtors Conference in Miami
Notes - Washington - Orlando - Miami - and return Personal Expense 3/20 to 3/28

Travel Cost - $2,638.58
Lodging Cost - $598.18
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,586.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational - to learn more about eh Stock Exchange and their issues before Congress and the SEC, including Reg NMS
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY and return

Travel Cost - $451.20
Lodging Cost - $358.39
Meal Cost - $237.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,047.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Assn
Dates - May 9, 2005 - May 9, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Executive Committee of the Bond Market Association re: pending legislation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY / New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $525.41
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $16.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $541.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Visit to NYSE to observe firsthand the operations of the NYSE and interact with its leaders and other participants in our securities markets in order to better understand the role of the NYSE in our national securities market system
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City for NYSE program (1/29/04) New York City - Wilkes-Barre, PA (1/29/04) for official event. Return to New York City for remainder of NYSE program (1/29/04). Return to DC (1/30/04)

Travel Cost - $1,191.05
Lodging Cost - $297.42
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,550.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Credit Union League
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - To speak at California Credit Union League's 2004 Big Valley conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $940.40
Lodging Cost - $573.08
Meal Cost - $416.44
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,929.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Assn
Dates - April 4, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak at SIA'S Government Relations Legislative Conference Dinner
Notes - Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL - Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, FL and return to Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, FL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $508.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $392.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 5, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate in 2004 NASDAQ Leadership Summit - dialogue between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials to discuss economic issues US faces today
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,477.40
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,484.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Dates - April 6, 2004 - April 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI - Maui, HI

Purpose - To receive briefings by FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors and to participate on Congressional Panel all as a part of FHLB of Seattle's Board of Directors' Meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Maui, HI - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expenses: 4/10/04 - 4/14/04 (Maui)

Travel Cost - $8,974.02
Lodging Cost - $4,600.00
Meal Cost - $860.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,434.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Briefings by and discussions with senior NYSE executives on current issues affecting the capital markets
Notes - Wilkes-Barre, PA - New York, NY - Washington, DC (Roundtrip travel to and from NYC not paid for by NYSE)

Travel Cost - $126.42
Lodging Cost - $682.18
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $883.60

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.