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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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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  • 09.17.14

    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.

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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POE, TED, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $3,210.00

Average cost per trip - $535.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 11 days
Rank of representative - 530 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Victim Services Center
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Luncheon/speaking engagement centered on Congressman Poe. Keynote speaker for Victim Services Center )Serving Crime Victims"
Notes - Houston, TX - Orlando, FL - Houston, TX

Travel Cost - $336.40
Lodging Cost - $189.54
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $525.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia
Dates - July 23, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Speaker at their 2005 Summer Conference Topic: Creative Sentencing
Notes - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL - Houston, TX

Travel Cost - $630.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $630.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Polygraph Assn
Dates - August 4, 2005 - August 5, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Featured speaker at the American Polygraph Association banquet for their 40th annual seminar in San Antonio
Notes - Houston - San Antonio - Houston

Travel Cost - $214.40
Lodging Cost - $115.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $429.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Texas State Bondsman Conference
Dates - November 11, 2005 - November 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speaker for conference
Notes - Houston, TX - San Antonio, TX - Houston, TX

Travel Cost - $152.40
Lodging Cost - $173.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Victim Assistance Administrators & State Crime Compensation Programs, State Crime Victim Compensation Programs
Dates - November 4, 2005 - November 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Keynote speaker at their annual conference held in Albuquerque, NM. Topic: Crime, victims' rights caucus
Notes - Washington, DC - Albuquerque, NM - Houston, TX

Travel Cost - $790.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $790.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
Dates - November 13, 2005 - November 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Keynote speaker at their annual conference
Notes - Houston, TX - Denver, CO / Denver, CO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $413.10
Lodging Cost - $95.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $508.10

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.