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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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MATSUI, ROBERT, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $37,055.00

Average cost per trip - $7,411.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 173 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russian relations in Prague, Czech Republic
Notes - Took wife Doris Matsui

Travel Cost - $3,397.40
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,922.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US National security and the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Doris Matsui. Other expenses are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,986.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,466.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia Relations
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Doris Matsui. Other expenses are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,089.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,589.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (11 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Nanjing, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - spouse Doris Matsui accompanied. Other expenses include ground transportation within China.

Travel Cost - $10,679.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $15,479.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Japanese American Citizens League
Dates - September 13, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA - Burbank, CA

Purpose - Gala dinner salute to the Japanese American National Leaders
Notes - Spouse Doris Matsui accompanied

Travel Cost - $205.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $108.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $598.00

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.