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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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ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $58,918.50

Average cost per trip - $9,819.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 96 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Langkawi, Malaysia - Singapore

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen

Travel Cost - $1,426.00
Lodging Cost - $1,026.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,602.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha Torah, IDT Corporation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Notes - spouse, Dexter and children, Amanda and Patricia; return trip paid for by another sponsor, the US -Korean Exchange Council, under other expenses -- gifts for family (religious books), other transportation costs: helicopter to Masada plant to Golan Heights

Travel Cost - $5,173.00
Lodging Cost - $1,686.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $4,824.00
Total Cost - $13,183.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen; under other expenses -- water, cabs, laundry

Travel Cost - $27,000.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $27,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Notes - Miami - Frankfort - Amman - Tel Aviv - Miami

Travel Cost - $9,077.00
Lodging Cost - $1,722.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $832.50
Total Cost - $12,051.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Notes - Dulles - Los Angeles / Los Angeles - Miami

Travel Cost - $1,596.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,896.00

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.