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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

  • 09.17.14

    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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PITTS, JOSEPH R, Independent Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $33,008.42

Average cost per trip - $3,000.77
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 196 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA, Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Jakarta, Indonesia - Hahore, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Kotti Nuna, Pakistan - Kashmir Border, Pakistan

Purpose -
Notes - Not specified

Travel Cost - $4,528.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,378.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Algeria

Purpose - Diplomatic meetings, visit refugee camps
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,009.76
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,209.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $123.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation
Dates - February 20, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pakistan

Purpose - People to people diplomacy, humanitarian aid
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $53.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $63.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jubilee Campaign USA
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - China

Purpose - develop relationships with national leaders/study human rights abuses
Notes - other-airport tax

Travel Cost - $3,216.50
Lodging Cost - $430.94
Meal Cost - $137.93
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $3,825.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - May 20, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Belarus

Purpose - build relationships between U.S. and Belarus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,000.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,490.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inayat Begum Foundation, Jubilee Campaign, USA
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Lahore, Pakistan - Kotli Nunan, Pakistan - Islamibad, Pakistan - Muzzafarrabad, Pakistan - Bombay, India - Ahmedabad, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to meet and build relationships with local officials and NGO's particularly on human rights issues
Notes - spouse, Mrs. Viriginia Pitts

Travel Cost - $5,474.52
Lodging Cost - $1,086.43
Meal Cost - $945.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,506.71

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Fact finding/building coalitions
Notes - DC - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $936.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Defense Forum Foundation
Dates - November 26, 2004 - November 29, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain - Zaragoza, Spain

Purpose - Attend and speak at a conference of Parliamentarians on the issues of Western Sahara
Notes - Spain - Madrid & Zaragoza

Travel Cost - $2,748.10
Lodging Cost - $352.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,360.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - WallBuilders
Dates - October 21, 2005 - October 22, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Dallas, TX - Philadelphia, PA

Travel Cost - $348.40
Lodging Cost - $195.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.50

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.