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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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    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.
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    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.
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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.
  • 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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WEXLER, ROBERT, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $174,763.87

Average cost per trip - $8,738.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 110 days
Rank of representative - 3 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,263.80
Lodging Cost - $897.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,160.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East and Economic Cooperation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Kuwait - United Arab Emirates - Oman

Purpose - Education/meeting w govt officials
Notes - spouse, Laurie

Travel Cost - $13,046.28
Lodging Cost - $1,327.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $14,408.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - October 4, 2001 - October 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Bahrain

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10,262.17
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,517.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $3,800.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $248.00
Other Cost - $138.00
Total Cost - $4,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - November 25, 2001 - November 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,006.74
Lodging Cost - $407.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $5.00
Total Cost - $8,419.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - February 17, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $7,440.22
Lodging Cost - $952.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.75
Total Cost - $8,408.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Turkish-U.S. Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations Board
Dates - May 30, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Turkey

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - other costs are for local transportation. Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $10,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,015.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $11,915.00

Additional family members - Yes


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 - Spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations
Dates - February 14, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - fact-finding trip, caucus on US-Turkish relations
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied. ITKIB located at 1411 Broadway, New York, NY

Travel Cost - $12,708.66
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $308.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,616.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - meeting with government officials, fact-finding
Notes - spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Travel Cost - $26,970.72
Lodging Cost - $1,480.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $29,950.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,837.90
Lodging Cost - $383.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,221.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - June 28, 2002 - July 3, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,034.83
Lodging Cost - $956.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,991.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - March 3, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding, meeting with officials
Notes - other expenses are for gratuity.

Travel Cost - $6,948.63
Lodging Cost - $804.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $7,772.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany

Purpose - fact-finding - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,280.00
Lodging Cost - $291.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,571.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US Germany roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,280.55
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,120.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $5,469.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $6,539.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vienna, Austria - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Meetings with government officials
Notes - Spouse Laurie Wexler

Travel Cost - $2,711.72
Lodging Cost - $726.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,787.72

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 seminars in Jordan & Israel
Notes - DC - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel - DC

Travel Cost - $4,700.50
Lodging Cost - $1,135.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost - $416.25
Total Cost - $6,461.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dates - March 21, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Krakow, Poland - Warsaw, Poland

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Dulles - Krakow & Warsaw, Poland - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,295.85
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $166.00
Other Cost - $464.00
Total Cost - $7,250.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CASI Foundation for Children, China Contact Friendly Assn
Dates - July 3, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Educational/Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Beijing, China - Nanjing, China - Shanghai, China - New York

Travel Cost - $4,934.06
Lodging Cost - $680.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,914.06

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.