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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

  • 09.17.14

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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

    The troubled history of vocational education

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WELDON, DAVE, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $12,491.65

Average cost per trip - $1,040.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 399 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - House Republican Study Committee
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Speak to bipartisan congressional Health policy conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Other costs are for a fleece vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $679.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $386.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,983.45

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Nancy Weldon and children Katie and David accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $1,530.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,908.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Canyonville Christian Academy
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 2, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - invitation to speak at seminar on government at daughter's Boarding School
Notes - spouse Nancy Weldon accompanied, other expenses are for rental car

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $267.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $340.93
Total Cost - $1,293.93

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - discussion of issues and agenda
Notes - with spouse Nancy - lodging covers meals

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mercatus Center
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - education on congressional issues
Notes - with spouse Joy Gartzke - no location listed

Travel Cost - $160.00
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $790.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Autism One
Dates - May 28, 2004 - May 29, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech at convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $435.20
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $655.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas Right to Life
Dates - April 19, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speech to members of the Texas legislator
Notes - Washington, DC - Austin, TX - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $353.95
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $453.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Montel Williams Show
Dates - March 22, 2005 - March 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Purpose was to discuss the autism health issue, which Congressman Weldon has introduced legislation on
Notes - Orlando - New York, NY - Orlando

Travel Cost - $708.10
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $943.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Member: DC - Baltimore - Orlando Spouse: Orlando - Baltimore - Orlando

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $455.05
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,033.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Notes - Orlando - Arizona - Orlando [assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $567.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,071.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ABC News
Dates - March 26, 2005 - March 28, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was to appear on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Notes - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $587.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $587.90

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.