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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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    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

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RANGEL, CHARLES B, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,826.00

Average cost per trip - $2,478.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 303 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Sian Ka'an Conservation Foundation
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - education and fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by wife, Alma Rangel, son, Stephen Rangel

Travel Cost - $4,416.00
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Community Institute
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 15, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - educational and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,000.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,675.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines
Dates - June 15, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Purpose - promotion of trade and commerce between US and Dominican Republic
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - participation in the 8th annual Caribbean multi-network business conference
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - December 12, 2002 - December 18, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and education
Notes - other-none disclosed

Travel Cost - $4,600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost - $220.00
Total Cost - $5,830.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Carib News
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - Participation in the Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - New York City - St Kitts and Nevis and return

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $705.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,005.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference
Dates - August 11, 2004 - August 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York - Taipei - NY 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) - Democratic Pacific Assembly Conference, Ikuta Corp, Inje Univ
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 22, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - not specified
Notes - New York -Taipei - Tokyo -New York 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

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.