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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.
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Office of

Solomon Ortiz


Total cost of 49 office trips: $232,118.47


Trips by Solomon Ortiz
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $108,230.45

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT (ANNUAL EVENT)
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,629.09
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & TO IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (13 days)
Expense: $5,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION
Date: May 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,950.00
source

Destination: JAPAN AND SINGAPORE
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING AND DAI NISSHIN CORPORATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING WITH THE CITY GOVT OF CORPUS CHRISTI & THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,432.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE - HONG KONG - SHANGHAI
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING & DAI NISSHIN CORP.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SECURE JOBS FOR THE 27TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,465.70
source

Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $7,897.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,346.00
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Marathon Oil Corporation
Purpose: TO GIVE BRIEFING ON MARATHON OIL PROJECT TO THE U.S. EMBASSY
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG TO DONG GUAN CITY TO GUANGZHOU CITY TO SHANGHAI CITY TO SHENYANG CITY TO BEIJING
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND A TRADE MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (17 days)
Expense: $9,075.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO/NEWARK
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC/SONY ELECTRONICS/ALTRIA/TIME WARNER/PFIZER/COLA/FANNIE MAE/VERIZON/ASTRAZENECA/AVENTIS/ELI LILLY/GLAXOSMITHKLINE/PHRMA/PUERTO RICO TELEPHONE.
Purpose: "TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT" TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE CONG. HISPANIC CAUCUS; THE CONG. BLACK CAUCUS & THE CONG. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS.
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,736.66
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $5,300.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI/HONG KONG/BEIJING/TAIPEI/LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $4,700.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIAMI
Sponsor: Asociacion Dominicana de Zonas Francas
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN RELATION TO FREE TRADE WITH THE USA
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,260.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: L.A./TAIPEI, TAIWAN/KAOHSIUNG/TAIPEI/L.A.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP/MEETING WITH HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: BEIJING TO GUANGZHOU
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $4,745.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE-BEIJING-HONG KONG
Sponsor: THE LAW OFFICES OF FILEMON VELA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (13 days)
Expense: $11,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Solomon Ortiz

Denise Blanchard
Todd Curry
David Garcia
Jonathan Gracia
Marvin King
John Mcgregor
Vickie Plunkett
Florencio Rendon
Patricia Villareal



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.