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A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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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  • 09.11.14

    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.

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.

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Office of

Rick Boucher


Total cost of 82 office trips: $148,416.67


Trips by Rick Boucher
Total cost of congressperson's 40 trips: $64,554.91

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLA.
Sponsor: Verizon Communications Inc
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS & CONFERENCE ON WHOLESALE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SCIENCES
Date: Apr 17, 2000
Expense: $750.00
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Destination: TUCSON
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: SPEECH AND PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON CURRENT INTERNET POLICY ISSUES IN CONGRESS.
Date: Apr 27, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,660.00
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Destination: BRISTOL, VA
Sponsor: Virgina Campus Outreach Opportunity League
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS & ANNUAL VIRGINIA COOL CONFERENCE
Date: May 16, 2000
Expense: $825.00
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Destination: MEXICO CITY AND OARBACA
Sponsor: MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: PRESENTATIONS TO THE FORUMS ON CURRENT INTERNET POLICY DEBATES IN CONGRESS.
Date: May 31, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $937.00
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Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: VA-MD-DEL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FEDERAL ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTING LEGISLATION
Date: Jul 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $770.00
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Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: PRESENTATION TO EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ON PROSPECTS FOR ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 15, 2000
Expense: $185.00
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Destination: HELSINKI
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS & CONFERENCE ON CONVERGENCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKETS AND MIGRATION OF SERVICES TO THE INTERNET.
Date: Aug 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,075.00
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Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONVENTION ON INTERNET RELATED LEGISLATION
Date: Sep 23, 2000
Expense: $400.00
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Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Media General Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEDIA GENERAL EXECUTIVES CONCERNING FEDERAL LEGISLATIONS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Oct 9, 2000
Expense: $400.00
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Destination: FRANKFORT/HEIDELBERG
Sponsor: German Marshall Fund of the United States
Purpose: SPEECH TO ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FORUM ON INTERNET RELATED ISSUES ON THE U.S. AGENDA
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $3,850.00
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Destination: VENICE
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: SPEECH TO PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON CREATION OF AN INTERNATIONAL INTERNET ISSUES AGENDA
Date: Nov 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
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Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: Sabre Holdings Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO FORUM ON INTERNET PRIVACY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $625.00
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Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: AMERICAN FILM MARKET INSTITUTE
Purpose: SPEECH TO INDEPENDENT FILM MAKERS ON PROPOSED CHANGES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS.
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,175.00
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Destination: INCHON WELLS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: United States Telecom Association and state affiliates
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATION STIMULATING BROADBOND DEVELOPMENT
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
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Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: Media General Corporation
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH MEDIA GENERAL EXECUTIVES ON CONVERGED NEWS SERVICES.
Date: Apr 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,000.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO MICROSOFT EXECUTIVES REGARDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LOW EXCHANGES ON THE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
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Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Association of Broadcasters
Purpose: SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONVENTION ON TELEVISION DIGITAL TRANSITION MATTERS
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,761.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC
Sponsor: Virginia Coal Council
Purpose: SPEECH TO VA COAL CONFERENCE ON ROLE OF COAL IN THE NATIONAL ENERGY STRATEGY
Date: May 21, 2001
Expense: $450.00
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Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Time Warner
Purpose: CONFERENCE WITH EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND LEGAL STAFF OF AOL-TW REGARDING LEGISLATION RELATING TO ON-LINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTION SERVICES.
Date: Jun 24, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $910.00
source

Destination: EDINBURGH
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTURING LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $1,805.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON THE U.S. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY AGENDA
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,900.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Digital Media Association
Purpose: SPEECH TO FORUM ON THE PROSPECTS FOR PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION FACILITATING THE DELIVERY OF MUSIC OVER THE INTERNET
Date: Aug 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $175.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO VAIL, CO
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON PROSPECTS FOR LEGISLATION RESTRUCTURING THE WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY MARKET AT THEIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 19, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,323.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL TO TOKYO, JAPAN
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN JAPAN-US DIALOGUE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $14,619.00
source

Destination: TRAVEL FROM DC TO KINGSPORT TOWN FOR KEYNOTE SPEECH TO ANNUAL VA COAL CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Virginia Coal Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO ANNUAL COAL CONFERENCE
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $800.00
source

Destination: MEALS AND ONE NIGHT OF LODGING IN NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: JUPITER MEDIA MATRIX AND BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT ANNUAL FUTURE OF MUSIC CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 7, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $465.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEECH ON PROSPECTS FOR THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION REAFFIRMING FAIR USE RIGHTS FOR THE PURCHASES OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Date: Jan 9, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,420.50
source

Destination: CALSATRIA, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: CalEnergy Generation
Purpose: FIELD TRIP TO GEOTHERMAL PROJECT AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS OF PROSPECTS FOR PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,347.03
source

Destination: CANBRIDGE, MASS
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO CONFERENCE AT LAW SCHOOL ON LEGAL RIGHTS OF DIGITAL MEDIA CONSUMERS
Date: Mar 14, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $735.00
source

Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA.
Sponsor: Federal Communications Bar Association
Purpose: SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL TV TRANSITIONS LEGISLATION
Date: May 3, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $293.00
source

Destination: LONDON
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PRESENTATION & MODE TO TRANSLANTIC CONFERENCE ON DISCRIMINATORY EFFECTOF EUROPEAN UNION VALUED ADDED TOTS ON DIGITAL DOWNLOADS SUPPLIED BY AMERICAN COMPANIES.
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,600.00
source

Destination: BRISTOL, TENN. - NEW YORK CITY - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: JOYTOWN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Purpose: SPEECH TO FORUM ON COMPRESEVIARE ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Nov 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,037.00
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Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: LEADERS IN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM; SEMINARS; DEMONSTRATIONS; BRIEFING ON LATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY & POLITICAL ISSUES THAT ARE RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,111.88
source

Destination: ROANOKE, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Carolina-Virginia Telephone Membership Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO ANNUAL CONVENTION ON UPCOMING FEDERAL TELECOMMUNICATION LAW CHARGES
Date: Mar 18, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $136.50
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Destination: ABINGDON, VA TO WINSTON SALEM, N.C. & WASH. DC
Sponsor: Wake Forest University
Purpose: SPEECH TO UNIVERSITY FORUM ON NEED & REVISE THE DIGITAL MILENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT
Date: Mar 21, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $875.00
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Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Sponsor: CTIA-The Wireless Association
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON ISSUES TO THE DELATED DURING REOPENING OF THE 1996 TELECOM ACT IN 2005
Date: Jun 11, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $520.00
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Destination: BRISTOL-ORLANDO-DC
Sponsor: Fiber to the Home Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO ANNUAL CONVENTION REGARDING CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TO STIMULATE BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
Date: Oct 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $830.00
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Destination: PHALIUG, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Salt River Project
Purpose: PRESENTATION TO EXECUTIVE AFFIERS OF COOPERATIVE ON TREATMENT OF PUBLIC POWER ENTITIES IN COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $717.00
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Destination: PHALIUG-TUCSON
Sponsor: Large Public Power Council
Purpose: SPEECH TO CONFERENCE ON TREATMENT OF PUBLIC POWER ENTITIES IN COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,902.00
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Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH TO MICROSOFT MEETING ON ELEMENTS OF UPCOMING TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW REFORM
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,370.00
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Congressional staff traveling under the office of Rick Boucher

Trent Bauserman
Hillary Brill
Rebecca Coleman
Amy Levine
Johanna Mikes
Jodin Olson
Amanda Potter
Sharon Ringley
Laura Vaught



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.