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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.

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.

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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RYUN, JIM R, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $21,853.57

Average cost per trip - $1,821.13
Total number of days spent traveling - 40 days
Rank of representative - 285 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - Spouse Anne Ryun accompanied.

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $533.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Network of Children's Ministry
Dates - February 1, 2004 - February 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at Children's Pastors' conference
Notes - with spouse Anne

Travel Cost - $1,446.80
Lodging Cost - $234.26
Meal Cost - $204.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,885.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - speaking engagement with the American Academy of Audiology
Notes - other for tips at airport and hotel

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost - $22.00
Total Cost - $2,187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Foot Locker
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - 25th annual foot locker cross country championships speaking engagement
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips at hotel

Travel Cost - $1,429.62
Lodging Cost - $537.00
Meal Cost - $651.62
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $2,628.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Puerto Rico Society of CPAs
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - speaking engagement - meeting with chamber of commerce officials - "other fact finding"
Notes - with spouse Anne - other for tips

Travel Cost - $524.60
Lodging Cost - $1,347.00
Meal Cost - $310.36
Other Cost - $28.00
Total Cost - $2,209.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wallbuilders, Inc.
Dates - May 17, 2002 - May 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aledo, TX

Purpose - commencement address
Notes - spouse Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $479.00
Lodging Cost - $215.00
Meal Cost - $73.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $767.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - leadership summit
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $4,064.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,657.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harding University
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - speak at American Studies Institute
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $64.57
Other Cost - $7.90
Total Cost - $457.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Global Connection International
Dates - November 9, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Managua, Nicaragua

Purpose - Speak at First National Prayer Dinner
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun, other-phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,140.80
Lodging Cost - $224.25
Meal Cost - $143.84
Other Cost - $8.50
Total Cost - $1,517.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Second Baptist Church
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Springfield, MO

Purpose - official starter and guest speaker, Springfield marathon
Notes - spouse, Anne Ryun

Travel Cost - $497.62
Lodging Cost - $65.00
Meal Cost - $53.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Jim Ryun was the keynote speaker for the FCA's 30th Annual Fall Gala
Notes - Washington, DC - Dallas, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $930.00
Lodging Cost - $405.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $7.00
Total Cost - $1,522.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - West Hills Community Church
Dates - April 9, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote speaker for an evening church service
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $8.00
Total Cost - $873.00

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.