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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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    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

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QUINN, JACK, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $30,812.36

Average cost per trip - $3,851.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 215 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cooperstown Conference Foundation
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cooperstown, NY

Purpose - recipient of annual award and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - July 6, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Other costs are for car rental.

Travel Cost - $3,380.00
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $355.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $4,695.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Cherbourg, France

Purpose - fact finding trip to European Nuclear sites
Notes - Spouse Mary Beth Quinn accompanied.

Travel Cost - $13,406.40
Lodging Cost - $1,625.00
Meal Cost - $1,100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,131.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes - other costs are for transportation to and from the airport.

Travel Cost - $979.50
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $385.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $2,364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Progress Institute
Dates - April 3, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $968.50
Lodging Cost - $231.99
Meal Cost - $185.85
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - spouse, Mary Beth Quinn accompanied. Transport costs include rental car.

Travel Cost - $892.91
Lodging Cost - $1,248.00
Meal Cost - $516.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,656.91

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads (AAR)
Dates - November 8, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel and site visit - Annual conference for legislation - Discussion of TEALU Bill in 2005 and grade crossing safety. Also discussed and visited remote control devices
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Palm Beach, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $431.60
Lodging Cost - $1,036.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $171.00
Total Cost - $2,298.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 11, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Restoration weekend - retreat for policy and legislative review discussion of homeland security border safety "Al Qaeda 6" in Lackawanna, NY - FBI, CIA cooperation
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $215.41
Lodging Cost - $904.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,119.61

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.