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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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PENCE, MIKE, Republican Party
Indiana

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $26,381.42

Average cost per trip - $1,551.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 246 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, New Atlantic Initiative, part of American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
Dates - September 28, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - Attend conference on international terrorism
Notes -

Travel Cost - $760.00
Lodging Cost - $415.88
Meal Cost - $90.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,266.58

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 - Accompanied by spouse Karen Pence and three children

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $347.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Vanderburg Co. Right to Life, Tri-State Athletic Club
Dates - April 22, 2002 - April 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Evansville, IN

Purpose - official, promote pro-life issues to state of Indiana. Vanderburg Co Right to Life paid for travel and meals, Tri-State Athletic Club paid for lodging.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $492.50
Lodging Cost - $71.50
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $589.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 6, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, RSC retreat
Notes - form submitted year late

Travel Cost - $42.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $385.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 4, 2003 - May 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Official: promote pro-Israel Issues
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $140.56
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $654.56

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - official congressional retreat-Educational
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - January 24, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - official: promote right to work issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

Travel Cost - $643.00
Lodging Cost - $459.26
Meal Cost - $154.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - official; promote government and conservative issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Karen Pence

Travel Cost - $625.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $668.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,809.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse, Karen Pence

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $256.20
Other Cost - $78.26
Total Cost - $484.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - April 30, 2004 - April 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - official; promote congressional and conservative national issues
Notes - other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $342.19
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost - $270.00
Total Cost - $648.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council for National Policy
Dates - March 6, 2004 - March 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - official: promote congressional and conservative national issues
Notes - child, Michael J. Pence, other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,087.40
Lodging Cost - $205.00
Meal Cost - $550.00
Other Cost - $272.00
Total Cost - $2,114.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - fact-finding trip as a member of medeast and central asia (subcommittee on IR committee)
Notes - spouse, Karen Pence, other: tour bus, guide, security

Travel Cost - $6,503.00
Lodging Cost - $776.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost - $1,052.00
Total Cost - $8,871.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Richard Norman Co
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speak to Conservative Retreat officials; speak to promote Congressional and Conservative National Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $196.88
Meal Cost - $63.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $259.88

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

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

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $75.00
Lodging Cost - $1,431.00
Meal Cost - $1,157.90
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,761.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inland Press Assn
Dates - October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Official; to promote Congressional and Legislative issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $398.90
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $667.90

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.