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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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LEACH, JAMES A, Republican Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $18,062.32

Average cost per trip - $1,806.23
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 324 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 27, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - attend conference and give presentation on American legislative perspectives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,803.50
Lodging Cost - $791.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2005 - January 30, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels, meet with world leaders
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $5,549.58
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,549.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - June 6, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at a conference on "Chicago as a Global Financial Center"
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $182.30
Meal Cost - $23.10
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $245.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Trust for Historic Preservation
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Congressman Leach was the recipient of the National Main Street Leadership Award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel Cost - $1,391.90
Lodging Cost - $319.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,711.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Attend conference, participate in panels
Notes - Washington, DC - Davos, Switzerland Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,578.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,878.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Princeton, NJ - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Main Street
Dates - May 9, 2004 - May 10, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Leadership award
Notes - Cedar Rapids, IA - Albuquerque, NM - Cedar Rapids, IA This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Foundation
Dates - May 13, 2004 - May 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Trenton, NJ

Purpose - Trustee meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Trenton, NJ - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Yale Univ
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - To deliver a keynote address and participate in a conference on the environment and climate change
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver, CO - Aspen, CO - Denver, CO - Cedar Rapids, IA Personal expense: 10/9/05

Travel Cost - $1,228.80
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $155.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,783.80

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.