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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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SMITH, GORDON HAROLD, Republican Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $36,751.96

Average cost per trip - $2,297.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 177 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - make speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $740.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $880.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Iranian Council
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 7, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $790.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - October 10, 2000 - October 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Durham, NC

Purpose - participate in a debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $551.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $609.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $183.00
Lodging Cost - $236.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sea Trek Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Liverpool, England

Purpose - keynote speech, unveiling of statue
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Brigham Young University -- J. Reuben Clark Law School
Dates - October 1, 2001 - October 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $632.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $632.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Ash Hatorah
Dates - August 5, 2002 - August 5, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.49
Lodging Cost - $444.73
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,160.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in workshops
Notes -

Travel Cost - $395.00
Lodging Cost - $1,236.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,156.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Motion Picture Association of America
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $334.48
Lodging Cost - $453.72
Meal Cost - $88.98
Other Cost - $48.00
Total Cost - $925.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwestern University School of Law
Dates - May 17, 2003 - May 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speak at a Dean's Circle Dinner and give a Commencement Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $423.25
Lodging Cost - $136.86
Meal Cost - $55.75
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $635.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Century Business Services Inc
Dates - August 6, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - County Mayo, Ireland

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified. [Amended to change sponsor from Klessler & Associates][Amended amounts 5/20/05]

Travel Cost - $8,597.15
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $328.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,731.05

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Speech, participate in Round Tables
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $8,731.26
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost - $510.14
Total Cost - $11,715.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cleveland chapter
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $339.00
Lodging Cost - $99.33
Meal Cost - $92.71
Other Cost - $42.99
Total Cost - $574.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - JED Foundation
Dates - June 7, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speech
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $92.60
Lodging Cost - $409.91
Meal Cost - $1,150.00
Other Cost - $84.66
Total Cost - $1,737.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech, participate in roundtable discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $864.90
Lodging Cost - $734.50
Meal Cost - $500.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,099.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Save American Free Enterprise (SAFE)
Dates - October 28, 2005 - October 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pinehurst, NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $755.79
Lodging Cost - $407.00
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,255.79

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.