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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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Congressional Institute - $61,109.64 spent on 74 trips
0.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
100.0% spent on Republican Party

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
February 3, 2000 - February 5, 2000 (3 days)
Nemacolin, PA
Purpose -
Total Cost - $504.00

ARMEY, RICHARD - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - members' conference retreat
Total Cost - $785.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Louis, MO
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,214.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $210.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $660.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Elected Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership conference retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC Retreat (House Elected Leadership Retreat)
Total Cost - $190.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 29, 2003 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $717.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - educational retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Total Cost - $190.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Total Cost - $722.50

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Total Cost - $900.21

HASTERT, DENNIS J - Republican Party
February 1, 2001 - February 3, 2001 (3 days)
Williamsburg, VA
Purpose - Republican planning conference.
Total Cost - $589.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Republican Elected Leaders Retreat 2 nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin,
Total Cost - $717.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $900.21

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - ELC retreat
Total Cost - $190.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - elected leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - conference
Total Cost - $900.21

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - leadership retreat
Total Cost - $717.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - house leadership retreat
Total Cost - $913.34

BENNETT, ROBERT F - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senior Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

FRIST, WILLIAM H - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,429.00

KYL, JON L - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Participate in the Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $1,112.00

MCCONNELL, MITCH - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Attendance at annual Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $739.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Meeting
Total Cost - $1,183.00

SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B - Republican Party
February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Total Cost - $597.00

ALLEN, GEORGE - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $705.00

GREGG, JUDD A - Republican Party
December 1, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (2 days)
Middleburg, VA
Purpose - The Congressional Institute Senate Leadership Retreat
Total Cost -

FOLEY, MARK - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

CUBIN, BARBARA L - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, AZ
Total Cost - $1,071.00

PORTMAN, ROBERT J - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

PRYCE, DEBORAH D - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat to discuss agenda for 109th Congress
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Richmond, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELLER, GERALD C JERRY - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Phoenix, AZ
Purpose - Conference discussion of 10 years of progress
Total Cost - $1,638.00

WELDON, DAVE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,071.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
January 6, 2005 - January 10, 2005 (5 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Enabling Members of the 104th class to learn from lessons of the past decade and provide insight to successfully plan for the next decade
Total Cost - $1,638.00

SHADEGG, JOHN B - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,134.00

RADANOVICH, GEORGE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Educational - to assess Congressional accomplishments, review lessons learned & anticipate future challenges
Total Cost - $1,638.00

MYRICK, SUE - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Congress Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HASTINGS, DOC - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY - Republican Party
January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Total Cost - $820.00

SANTORUM, RICHARD J - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Meeting of House and Senate Leadership
Total Cost - $776.00

STEVENS, THEODORE F (TED) - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Attend Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $776.00

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

CANTOR, ERIC - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - ELC Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

HAYWORTH, JD - Republican Party
January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - 104th class retreat
Total Cost - $1,638.00

REYNOLDS, THOMAS M - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Total Cost - $728.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Total Cost - $726.00

KINGSTON, JOHN HEDDENS - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - House leadership retreat
Total Cost - $900.12

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Irvington, VA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

DREIER, DAVID - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

KENNEDY, MARK RAYMOND - Republican Party
January 29, 2004 - January 31, 2004 (3 days)
Philadelphia, PA
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

NUSSLE, JIM - Republican Party
January 15, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (1 days)
St. Michaels, MD
Purpose - Leadership meeting
Total Cost -

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.