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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

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  • 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.
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Office of

Jim Ryun


Total cost of 23 office trips: $35,146.55


Trips by Jim Ryun
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $21,881.59

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 4, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $533.00
source

Destination: ALEDO, TX
Sponsor: Wallbuilders Inc
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $767.00
source

Destination: KEY BISCAYNE, FL
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
Sponsor: Global Connection International
Purpose: SPEAK AT FIRST NATIONAL PRAYER DINNER
Date: Nov 9, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,517.39
source

Destination: LITTLE ROCK, AR
Sponsor: Harding University
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE
Date: Nov 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $457.47
source

Destination: PITTSBURG, KS TO SPRINGFIELD, MO TO KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH SPRINGFIELD MO
Purpose: OFFICIAL STARTER & GUEST SPEAKER, SPRINGFIELD MARATHON
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $615.76
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Foot Locker Inc
Purpose: 25TH ANNUAL FOOT LOCKER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,628.24
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: PUERTO RICO SOCIETY OF CPAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT, MEETING WITH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICIALS, AND OTHER FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,209.96
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO TO SAN DIEGO, CA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Purpose: SPEAK AT CHILDREN'S PASTORS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,913.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SALT LAKE CITY, UT-KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: American Academy of Audiology
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,187.50
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Purpose: JIM RYUN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE FCA'S 30TH ANNUAL FALL GALA
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,522.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: West Hills Community Church
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AN EVENING CHURCH SERVICE
Date: Apr 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $873.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Ryun

Nathaniel Bennett
Rebecca Elmore
Mark Kelly
Daniel Schneider



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.