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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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NICKLES, DONALD LEE, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $93,878.70

Average cost per trip - $5,215.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 40 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Wine Spirits Wholesalers Association
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - Wife, Linda accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,796.60
Lodging Cost - $1,144.80
Meal Cost - $590.58
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,531.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes - Wife, Linda accompanied.

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $4,900.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beer Institute
Dates - November 19, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $882.33
Lodging Cost - $308.58
Meal Cost - $195.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,386.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,265.00
Lodging Cost - $292.05
Meal Cost - $95.62
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $3,777.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Manufacturers
Dates - February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,985.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,470.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Club of Northern California
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,200.00
Lodging Cost - $512.25
Meal Cost - $162.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,875.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - speech/participate in 2001 transatlantic conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,249.66
Lodging Cost - $2,801.50
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,187.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Chamber of Commerce
Dates - December 10, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $660.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $970.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - Participate in the Augusta Public Policy Conference
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,395.50
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $543.20
Total Cost - $2,646.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 24, 2003 - May 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Greenbrier

Travel Cost - $141.88
Lodging Cost - $581.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $490.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Ireland

Purpose - congressional seminar
Notes - [Amended to change sponsor from Kesseler & Associates]

Travel Cost - $6,740.05
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost - $101.20
Total Cost - $7,975.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,734.08
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,208.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speech at Clark Bardes Federal Policy Group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,474.98
Lodging Cost - $673.62
Meal Cost - $281.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $2,579.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Congressional Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,987.80
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,647.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 29, 2004 - June 1, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,915.80
Lodging Cost - $1,094.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,010.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Congressional issues forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,070.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $642.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,082.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Actuaries
Dates - October 17, 2004 - October 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - HI

Purpose - Seminar and conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,403.95
Lodging Cost - $4,522.12
Meal Cost - $401.99
Other Cost - $378.74
Total Cost - $9,706.80

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.