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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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THOMAS, CRAIG, Republican Party
Wyoming

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $30,665.85

Average cost per trip - $3,066.59
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 217 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speak at American Farm Bureau water quality conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,436.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,436.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tom Brown, Inc
Dates - June 9, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speak at Annual Independent Petroleum Assoc. of Mountain States (IPAMS) meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - M&N Equipment, LLC
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Casper, WY

Purpose - Participate in ceremony for training center
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $759.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - September 1, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - speak at annual event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $282.50
Lodging Cost - $205.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $487.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a congressional conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,190.47
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,315.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Colorado River Water Users Assoc.
Dates - December 16, 2002 - December 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - To attend annual meeting of Colorado River Users Assoc. giving a speech and participating in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $220.50
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost - $58.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $373.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Asia Foundation
Dates - March 23, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Ankara, Turkey - Cappadocia, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,743.00
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost - $167.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,460.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Independent Petroleum Association of America
Dates - August 21, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - To give keynote address at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,340.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Fact finding - Attend conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,274.63
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,042.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speech at International Sweetener Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $682.75
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $951.75

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.