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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

  • 09.11.14

    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

Gil Gutknecht


Total cost of 60 office trips: $113,048.16


Trips by Gil Gutknecht
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $44,231.99

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $285.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SCI ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 3, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $594.20
source

Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 17TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,662.00
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY AND USEDOM, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 18TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $4,046.31
source

Destination: ANCHORAGE, PRUDHOE BAY, KAKTOVIK, VALDEZ-ALASKA
Sponsor: Arctic Power
Purpose: 2001 ANWR CONGRESSIONAL TOUR
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,457.60
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $311.00
source

Destination: GALVESTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 19TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Mar 25, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,633.60
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN/REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $6,870.00
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE & CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $3,794.12
source

Destination: HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: 20TH ANNUAL CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG SEMINAR
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,611.50
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,179.94
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: CONFERENCE & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 17, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $3,236.96
source

Destination: MUNICH, GERMANY
Sponsor: Federation of German Industries
Purpose: FACT-FINDING/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: ARLIE CENTER IN WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Global Atlanticists
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $440.88
source

Destination: THE TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: CONFERENCE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND GERMAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP, I.E. NATO AND THE WAR ON TERROR
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,179.25
source

Destination: THE SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: 104TH CLASS RETREAT
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $481.53
source

Destination: DEPARTED WASHINGTON DC ON MARCH 18TH AND ARRIVED IN BERLIN, GERMANY ON THE 19TH; DAY TRIP TO BRUSSELS, BELGIUM ON THE 22ND; STAYED IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY FROM THE 23RD-24TH
Sponsor: United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Purpose: TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF THE GERMAN BUNDESTAG, GERMAN GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES AND EU AND NATO OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CURRENT ISSUES IN THE TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONSHIP
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $4,960.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Gil Gutknecht

Douglas Altrichter
Bryan Anderson
James Beabout
Stephanie Brand
Sam Diehl
Eric Keber
Amanda Krueger
Richard Larson
Brandon Lerch
Ryan Mclaughlin
Malachi Mcneilus
Brent Orrell
Julie Philp
Verna Regier
Lee Van Wychen
Charles Willett



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.