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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.

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

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    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

Lois Capps


Total cost of 26 office trips: $43,881.56


Trips by Lois Capps
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $35,683.85

Destination: HYDERABAD-BANGALORE
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: FACT FINDING ON US-INDIA RELATIONS AND BILATERAL TRADE
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (9 days)
Expense: $8,706.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: STRENGTHEN BIPARTISANSHIP IN THE HOUSE
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: DC-SEATTLE-SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: May 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,460.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: MT OLIVET LUTHERAN CHURCH
Purpose: SPEECH ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Feb 28, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,907.38
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACTFINDING ABOUT U.S. CAPITAL MARKETS AND INT'L DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $851.91
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: PACIFIC LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Purpose: RECEIPT OF HONORARY DEGREE AND SPEECH
Date: Sep 21, 2002
Expense: $277.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PRAYER, POLITICS, AND RECONCILIATION RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $398.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: THE CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: University of California at Los Angeles
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Date: Jun 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $288.00
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT AND DISCUSSION WITH THICH NHAT HANH
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $221.00
source

Destination: DES MOINES, IA-GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Purpose: OBSERVE THE SIGNING OF THE "GENEVA ACCORD" PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS. MEET WITH OFFICIALS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTS CONCERNING U.S. ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST PEACEMAKING
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $7,483.87
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA-PALM SPRINGS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BI-PARTISAN CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $977.69
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Purpose: FACT FINDING IN ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,078.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $105.50
source

Destination: NEW HAVEN, CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: SPEECH ON NURSING AND PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jun 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OR-FAIRBANKS, AK-ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE-KAKTOVIK-FAIRBANKS-SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTHJUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING, ENERGY, AND WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,506.00
source

Destination: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Sponsor: National Democratic Institute
Purpose: MONITORING THE PALESTINIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Date: Jan 4, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $2,717.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lois Capps

Clare Dowling
Randolph Harrison
Jonathan Levenshus
Brigid O'brien
Jeremy Rabinovitz
Jeremy Tittle



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.