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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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    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.

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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SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH, Republican Party
Idaho

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $18,522.93

Average cost per trip - $2,315.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 319 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Futures Industry Assn's Washington Outlook
Notes - "other" expenses is for "golf and transportation"

Travel Cost - $1,620.90
Lodging Cost - $994.52
Meal Cost - $161.34
Other Cost - $175.44
Total Cost - $2,952.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan agriculture committee retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Orthodontists
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speaking at leadership conference
Notes - destination not specified

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Cumbria, England

Purpose - visiting British nuclear fuels, nuclear facilities in Sellafield, England.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,040.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,590.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Futures Industry Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $1,560.48
Meal Cost - $357.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,463.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association for Research Otolaryngology
Dates - February 22, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - to speak to physicians dedicated to research and funding for ear - nose throat related disorders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,196.00
Lodging Cost - $292.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - spoke to doctors regarding congressional issues in the health care field and issues related to the labor health and human services subcommittees
Notes - [Amended in personal financial disclosure statemetn to show sponsor name]

Travel Cost - $837.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,547.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - To speak at the August 10th breakfast session of the 22nd International Sweetener symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $181.50
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.50

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.