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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

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    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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LAHOOD, RAY, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $60,180.22

Average cost per trip - $7,522.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 92 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - house agriculture committee retreat
Notes - spouse, Kathy

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - St. Sharbel Church in Peoria, IL
Dates - May 26, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon - Itoo, Lebanon - Syria

Purpose - Church dedication keynote speaker; meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood

Travel Cost - $5,550.20
Lodging Cost - $861.00
Meal Cost - $452.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,863.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - April 14, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Cherbourg, France

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to European nuclear technologies site
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood

Travel Cost - $11,582.40
Lodging Cost - $2,100.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,002.40

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, Co-Chairman, House Retreat
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood, meal incl with lodging, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $292.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,202.00
Total Cost - $2,444.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Kathy LaHood accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Caterpillar
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech on the importance of private/public partnerships to further the work on the Illinois River
Notes - Peoria, IL - Chicago, IL and return

Travel Cost - $576.39
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $576.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Ray LaHood: Chicago - China - Chicago Kathy LaHood: Washington - China - Washington

Travel Cost - $17,376.53
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,708.53

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Notre Dame Univ
Dates - July 7, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - To give the commencement address at the 2003-2004 ceremony
Notes - Washington, DC - Beirut, Lebanon - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $11,577.70
Lodging Cost - $741.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,718.70

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.