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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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Office of

Martin Frost


Total cost of 33 office trips: $59,131.50


Trips by Martin Frost
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $27,832.88

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY & SELMA, ALABAMA
Sponsor: THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE (PARTIAL PAYMENT)
Purpose: TO EDUCATE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT THE HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,085.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE ABA'S SUMMER MEETING
Date: Jul 27, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $7,245.00
source

Destination: JFK TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $5,453.18
source

Destination: DFW TO EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Israel Bonds
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER IN EL PASO
Date: Nov 29, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $327.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PENN STATION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,412.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JT. LISTENING SESIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRON. JUSTICE BROWN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $480.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Feb 7, 2003
Expense: $2,528.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Miami
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED SPOUSE TO UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESI
Date: Mar 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,743.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Southern Methodist University
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 22, 2003
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEWARK, NJ (ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE)
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: CONNELL COMPANY SEMINAR SERIES
Date: Mar 2, 2004
Expense: $2,558.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Martin Frost

Camisha Abels
Matt Angle
Ronnie Carleton
Jennifer Dean
Fernando Gomez
Jane Hamilton
Shannon Hillman
Lynndell Jones
Susan Mcavoy
Shannon Meissner
Wendy Skillern
Askia Suruma
Kristi Walseth
Sarah Wisner



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.