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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

Eliot Engel


Total cost of 46 office trips: $117,299.20


Trips by Eliot Engel
Total cost of congressperson's 25 trips: $89,635.61

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,031.60
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,572.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONVENTION AND MEET W/ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,750.04
source

Destination: NEW YORK - CHICAGO - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN NCTA CONVENTION
Date: Jun 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,993.89
source

Destination: MONTANA - WYOMING
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 3, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,102.05
source

Destination: UKRAINE-BELARUS
Sponsor: JEWISH CONFEDERATION OF UKRAINE
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF BABIY WAR TRAGEDY
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,975.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S NATIONAL SUMMIT
Date: Oct 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $938.46
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 2002 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $3,742.24
source

Destination: DCA-RALEIGH-LGA
Sponsor: IDT Corporation
Purpose: MEETING WITH JONATHAN POLLARD
Date: Feb 20, 2002
Expense: $187.00
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC DINNER
Date: May 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $561.26
source

Destination: NEW YORK - ATLANTA - WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN AIPAC'S SUMMIT MEETING
Date: Oct 6, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,303.13
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN NAB 2003 CONVENTION
Date: Apr 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,655.30
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose:
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,983.40
source

Destination: LONDON - ISRAEL - NEW YORK
Sponsor: Jewish Community Relations Council(s)
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH ELECTED & COMMUNITY LEADERS
Date: Aug 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,441.20
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE NAB RADIO SHOW
Date: Oct 2, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $876.74
source

Destination: TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Michael Cherney Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SUMMIT
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,481.00
source

Destination: DC-FLORIDA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE 2004 INTERNATIONAL CES
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,998.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS-LA JOLLA-FLORIDA-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,035.29
source

Destination: NY-NEW ORLEANS-DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,267.16
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN ANNUAL GALA
Date: Oct 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,458.09
source

Destination: FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROAD'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $3,941.22
source

Destination: KRAKOW-WARSAW
Sponsor: Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Purpose: EXPLORING 1000 YEARS OF JEWISH PRESENCE ON POLISH SOIL
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,559.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $5,333.56
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-ALBANIA-MONTENEGRO-KOSOVA-NEW YORK
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALBANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL
Purpose: TO MONITOR ALBANIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS & TO MEET WITH VARIOUS LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE BALKONS
Date: Jul 1, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $6,872.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eliot Engel

John Calvelli
Emily Gibbons
Pete Leon
Rachel Miller
Christopher Pernie
Joanna Serra
Jason Steinbaum
William Weitz



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.