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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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  • 09.11.14

    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.

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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ROBERTS, PAT, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $64,200.46

Average cost per trip - $3,776.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 82 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Fertilizer Institute
Dates - August 10, 2000 - August 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speaker at board of directors' meeting
Notes - at the Greenbrier

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $585.12
Meal Cost - $32.05
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Crop Insurers
Dates - February 12, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Indian Wells, CA

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,088.76
Meal Cost - $133.59
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,222.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - participant in conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.00
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,188.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 23, 2000 - December 1, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - participate in 2000 transatlantic conference
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $5,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $12,970.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, Transatlantic Policy Network
Dates - December 1, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - participate in fall meeting
Notes - spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $262.00
Lodging Cost - $510.00
Meal Cost - $458.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Wheat Growers
Dates - February 11, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaker at wheat industry conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $228.90
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $273.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 10, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker at meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,078.00
Lodging Cost - $496.00
Meal Cost - $527.20
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,101.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Soybean Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - keynote speaker at Commodity Classic meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $582.40
Lodging Cost - $226.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $808.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Baking
Dates - March 11, 2001 - March 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - speaker at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.14

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Cochair of conference and speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $16,838.08
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,312.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Rural Community Insurance Services
Dates - October 4, 2003 - October 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $55.00
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $324.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lincoln Club of Northern California
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speaker at annual meeting (spring seminar)
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,147.94
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,247.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaker at international sweetener colloquium
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,017.50
Meal Cost - $231.36
Other Cost - $366.03
Total Cost - $1,614.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker and participant in the Futures Industry Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,840.60
Lodging Cost - $2,184.28
Meal Cost - $613.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,638.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Foundation for Supplementary Occupation and Techniques
Dates - November 12, 2000 - November 20, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Bangkok, Thailand

Purpose - Fact-finding trip. Washington, DC - Bangkok, Thailand
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Record so actual costs not specified; costs include airfare, meals and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Dairy Foods Assn
Dates - January 8, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $970.00
Meal Cost - $620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,990.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaker on panel meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,615.82
Lodging Cost - $1,028.81
Meal Cost - $884.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,529.05

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.