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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

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Office of

Bob Graham


Total cost of 39 office trips: $110,842.04


Trips by Bob Graham
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $71,397.90

Destination: BRAZIL AND BOLIVIA
Sponsor: Inter-American Dialogue
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS PART OF THE DELEGATION TRAVELING TO LATIN AMERICAN FOR INTER-AMERICAN DIALOGUE
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $3,508.20
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON UNITED STATES POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,192.60
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,433.02
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Richard Bryan Tribute Dinner Committee
Purpose: TO DELIVER THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE SENATOR RICHARD BRYAN TRIBUTE DINNER
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $5,148.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $8,841.20
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS SPONSORED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,258.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE, CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,512.12
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,727.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE ENTITLED U.S. POLICY TOWARD COLUMBIA, AS PART OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 21, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,384.96
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,848.80
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,843.00
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM OF THE ASPEN INSTITUTE, CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 14, 2004 (13 days)
Expense: $9,701.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bob Graham

Paul Anderson
Caroline Berver
Peter Dorn
Robert Filippone
Kasey Gillette
Robert Greenawalt
J Bryant Hall
James Hall
Christopher Jackson
Rori Kramer
Lisa Layman
Henry Menn
Melanie Nathanson
Zeviel Simpser
Tiffany Smith
Dana Stefanelli
Amanda Wood



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.