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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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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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NELSON, E BENJAMIN, Democratic Party
Nebraska

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $34,287.44

Average cost per trip - $2,285.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 47 days
Rank of representative - 188 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sheridan, WY

Purpose - to address members of BHCRHC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,198.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,353.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clean Fuels Development
Dates - May 6, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - deliver keynote address to annual event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $15.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $45.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jim Jansen
Dates - August 9, 2002 - August 15, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moose Lake, AK

Purpose - Fact-finding on Alaska issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mass Mutual Insurance
Dates - May 5, 2002 - May 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To deliver a speech to the Association of Life Insurance Council
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,598.50
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,348.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,037.60
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,162.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - State Bar Association of Texas
Dates - June 13, 2003 - June 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,583.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $35.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,618.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,122.60
Lodging Cost - $470.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,642.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kutak Rock
Dates - October 12, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sioux City, IA

Purpose - Speaking engagement on conflict in Iraq, speaking engagement at Ponca State Park dedication ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,833.88
Lodging Cost - $35.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,898.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mid American Energy Holdings Company
Dates - November 30, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Camilla, GA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $728.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $602.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $627.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund
Dates - January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - To receive the Friend of Zion Award
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost - $7,800.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,050.00
Total Cost - $12,850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $129.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Wild Turkey Federation
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $127.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $217.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Manufacturers
Dates - March 31, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Speak to the Board of Directors during their Full Board session
Notes -

Travel Cost - $516.22
Lodging Cost - $1,001.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,517.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Behlen Manufacturing Co
Dates - December 29, 2004 - January 3, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Advisory board meeting
Notes - Omaha, NE - Naples, FL - Omaha, NE Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.