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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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    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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Office of

Jim Leach


Total cost of 30 office trips: $54,494.19


Trips by Jim Leach
Total cost of congressperson's 15 trips: $31,581.52

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT "NEW WORLD OF FINANCIAL SERVICES" CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE AND GIVE PRESENTATIONS ON AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVES
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $6,894.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: American Council of Life Insurance
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Feb 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO A SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Date: Apr 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $525.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE CONFERENCE OF STATE BANK SUPERVISORS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: May 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,300.00
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL STATES CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: TOUR AND MEETING
Date: Jul 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $700.00
source

Destination: SPENCER, IA
Sponsor: IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH TO THE IOWA INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jul 22, 2000
Expense: $750.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: Deloitte & Touche
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 11, 2000
Expense: $150.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,292.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAKER AND PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,536.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,878.00
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN LEACH WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET LEADERSHIP AWARD
Date: May 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,711.04
source

Destination: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA TO CHICAGO, IL TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT A CONFERENCE ON "CHICAGO AS A GLOBAL FINANCIAL CENTER"
Date: Jun 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $245.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO DAVOS, SWITZERLAND TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE, PARTICIPATE IN PANELS, MEET WITH WORLD LEADERS
Date: Jan 25, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,549.58
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Leach

Mary Andrus
Michael Borden
Amy Butler
Julie Duhme
James Mccormick
Gary Parker
David Renkel
Gregory Wierzynski
Naomi Zeff



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.