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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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  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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WOLF, FRANK R, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $25,969.43

Average cost per trip - $4,328.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 248 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 8, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Greece - Serbia - Croatia - Macedonia - Kosovo

Purpose - meetings w government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,681.00
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation, University of Nation
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes - spouse, Carolyn

Travel Cost - $2,632.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,482.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 22, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Beirut, Lebanon

Purpose - meeting with government officials, outreach and other National Prayer Breakfast activities
Notes - Spouse Carolyn Wolf accompanied. (There were no lodging expenses disclosed for this week-long trip - and no dates listed at personal expense.)

Travel Cost - $1,901.08
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,901.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Albania - Rome, Italy

Purpose - meetings with government officials and other National Prayer Breakfast activities - meeting in Rome regarding world food program, hunger and foreign assistance
Notes - with spouse Carolyn Wolf

Travel Cost - $2,314.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,524.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Trinity Forum
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Royal Oak, MD

Purpose - leadership retreat for members. Osprey Point Leadership Center, MD
Notes - filed a year late - with spouse Carolyn Wolf - $70 other not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $200.85
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $670.85

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 20, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Munich, Germany

Purpose - U.S.-German Roundtable conference - visit embassy for briefings and meetings with U.S. government officials
Notes - Spouse - Carolyn Wolf - 2/15 - 2/17 paid at no expense

Travel Cost - $13,000.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,075.00

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.