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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

Collin Peterson


Total cost of 68 office trips: $94,842.71


Trips by Collin Peterson
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $39,007.13

Destination: MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Buckmasters Ltd
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $648.75
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKER CRT AND CONSERVATION
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $980.67
source

Destination: CAPE TOWN, RSA-GEORGE RSA
Sponsor: Alaska Natural Gas to Liquids
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 27, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $8,428.20
source

Destination: JAX
Sponsor: Dee Dot Timberlands
Purpose:
Date: Nov 17, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,479.00
source

Destination: MINNEAPOLIS-KEARNEY, NEBRASKA-DETROIS LAKE, MN
Sponsor: NEBRASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION-RAIN WATER BASIN JOINT VENTURE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING, PANEL PARTICIPATION
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $823.30
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING, SPEAKER
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $918.33
source

Destination: DCA-COLUMBUS-CHICAGO-MSP
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SUBSTANTIAL PARTICIPATION IN ISSUES CONFERENCE.
Date: Feb 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $809.24
source

Destination: OSCEOLA, IOWA
Sponsor: Congressional Sportsmens Foundation
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $892.01
source

Destination: MPLS-LAS VEGAS-WASH. DC.
Sponsor: American Federation of Musicians
Purpose:
Date: Jun 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $919.63
source

Destination: BILLINGS MONTANA (MSP-BILLINGS-FARGO)
Sponsor: Montana Wool Growers Association
Purpose: SPEAKER-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,307.53
source

Destination: NASHVILLE
Sponsor: Archery Manufacturers & Merchants Organization
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 25, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,305.06
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: MEETINGS, FOOD SAFETY, BIO-TERRORISM FOOD QUALITY PROTECTION ACT
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,220.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.53
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE
Sponsor: Winn-Dixie Stores
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE RE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: JACKSON HOLE
Sponsor: COMMUNITY FINANCIAL SERVICES ASSN OF AMERICA AND ADVANCE AMERICA
Purpose: FORUM ON DEFERRED DEPOSIT INDUSTRY
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: FARGO-CHICAGO-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE/CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,471.63
source

Destination: MSP-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $6,008.00
source

Destination: FARGO-MSP-MEMPHIS-GULFPORT-MEMPHIS-DCA
Sponsor: American Sugarbeet Growers Association
Purpose: SPEECH - MEET WITH BOARD-GROWERS
Date: Feb 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,489.00
source

Destination: DETROIT LAKES, MN-MARSHALL, MN-GRAUS FORKS, NA
Sponsor: Schwan Food Company
Purpose: SPEAKER - SCHWAN UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS EXECUTIVES
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Expense: $2,036.00
source

Destination: HERREID-POLLACK
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATIVE/AGRICULTURE/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 15, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $724.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY BAY
Sponsor: American Frozen Food Institute
Purpose: SPEECH-BD OF DIRECTORS-AFFI MID YEAR BD MEETING
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,298.25
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Collin Peterson

Steven Bekkerus
Christine Birdsong
William Black
Chip Conley
Nona Darrell
April Demert
Robin Gioracke
Robin Goracke
Earnest Goule
Chris Iacaruso
Tony Jackson
Martha Josephson
Robert Larew
Andrew Martin
Russell Middleton
Christopher Ogilvie
John Riley
Anne Simmons
Katherine Telleen



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.