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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.
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    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

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STARK, PETE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $43,757.65

Average cost per trip - $4,861.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 147 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - participate in education reform conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $430.00
Meal Cost - $390.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Kaiser Permanente
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to medical providers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,822.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in global environment conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah and son, Fortney Stark; three days at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,604.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund, Maryland University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Other expenses are for a vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $2,059.68
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $706.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,683.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Three days were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - education purposes
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,063.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pathology Service Associates
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speech for annual conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Deborah and infant children Hannah and Andrew

Travel Cost - $6,019.56
Lodging Cost - $200.48
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,300.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - spouse - Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $12,970.68
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,270.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on The Challenge of Education Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cancun, Mexico

Travel Cost - $1,771.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,811.80

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.