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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

    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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WOOLSEY, LYNN C, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $56,404.35

Average cost per trip - $4,338.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 67 days
Rank of representative - 109 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Coalition for Peace Action
Dates - November 2, 2000 - November 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - speak at 21st annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $174.00
Lodging Cost - $120.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $294.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - IMDI-Singapore Board Room Briefing
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,150.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,350.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Visit historical civil rights sites in Alabama
Notes - Friend Rev. Glenda Hope accompanied. Member and guest paid $500 each.

Travel Cost - $1,442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - welfare reform retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.00
Lodging Cost - $784.12
Meal Cost - $262.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,294.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange, U.S. Parialmentary Exchange Program
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Osaka, Japan

Purpose - to create a constructive dialogue on issues of importance to the US and Japan
Notes - child Amy Critchett accompanied.

Travel Cost - $11,262.62
Lodging Cost - $1,578.22
Meal Cost - $1,400.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,240.85

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Jamaica

Purpose - education reform conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,465.96
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,395.96

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - other not specified

Travel Cost - $1,950.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,875.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $278.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Brazil
Notes - other costs - taxis

Travel Cost - $1,973.50
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $760.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,533.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other costs - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,563.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,383.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $265.20
Lodging Cost - $256.00
Meal Cost - $105.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $626.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To Participate In a Conference on Education Reform
Notes - San Francisco - Denver - Cancun / Cancun - Houston - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $1,268.40
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,128.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - San Francisco, CA

Travel Cost - $4,658.55
Lodging Cost - $2,223.00
Meal Cost - $457.00
Other Cost - $1,495.67
Total Cost - $8,834.22

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.