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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.

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  • 09.10.14

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Office of

Lloyd Doggett


Total cost of 19 office trips: $134,825.99


Trips by Lloyd Doggett
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $124,749.93

Destination: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 26, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $9,117.68
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND; PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC; KIEV, UKRAINE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 17, 2000 (17 days)
Expense: $5,810.80
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE ON A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 25, 2001 (11 days)
Expense: $8,791.80
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $8,217.80
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,871.35
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $16,800.00
source

Destination: SITKA, ALASKA TO JUNEAU
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: May 27, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $4,217.84
source

Destination: SINGAPORE, THAILAND, CAMBODIA
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: MEETING WITH SINGAPOREAN GOVERNMENTAL, BUSINESS & ACADEMIC LEADERS
Date: Jan 12, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $16,592.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTENDING CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 8, 2003 (16 days)
Expense: $7,734.80
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 22, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $7,450.60
source

Destination: FRANCE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $7,494.52
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TX TO SHANGHAI, CHINA BEIJING, CHINA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 24, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $17,846.04
source

Destination: ISTANBUL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: May 27, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $7,804.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lloyd Doggett

Julie Davis
Mara Dowdall
Melissa Mueller



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.