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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

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Office of

Thomas Davis


Total cost of 87 office trips: $166,215.66


Trips by Thomas Davis
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $27,744.35

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS PRODUCT - EDUCATION / IT SPECHES & PANELS
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,614.81
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS, KEANE, INC.
Purpose: DISCUSSION W/ 20 LEADING NEW ENGLAND TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: INAUGURATION OF MEXICAN PRESIDENT - MEETINGS
Date: Nov 29, 2000
Expense: $400.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TOUR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND LARGEST TECH TRADE SHOW
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $339.50
source

Destination: PANAMA, EL SALVADOR
Sponsor: US-PANAMA BUSINESS COUNCIL, GREATER AMERICA BUSINESS COALITION
Purpose: FACT FINDING, TELECOM ISSUES, EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Date: May 28, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,960.00
source

Destination: GREECE
Sponsor: United Hellenic American Congress
Purpose: FACT FINDING, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS/TRADE
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,329.16
source

Destination: COSTA RICA
Sponsor: REPUBLICANS ABROAD
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 2, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,055.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: ADDRESS ABA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 9, 2002
Expense: $570.31
source

Destination: EGYPT
Sponsor: Egypt's International Economic Forum
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ECONOMIC FORUM
Date: May 25, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,200.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL 1/8/05
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $3,180.72
source

Destination: ASPEN RYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSBURG, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $350.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Davis

Allyson Blandford
Lawrence Brady
Darcie Brickner
Ellen Brown
John Callender
Stephen Cima
Thomas Costa
Kathryn Coulter
Drew Crockett
Uyen Dinh
Gabriele Forsyth
Roland Foster
Danielle Hallcom
Amy Heerink
Jaime Hjort
John Hunter
Barbara Kahlow
Edward Kidd
Scott Kopple
Christopher Lopez
Marta Lubeck
David Marin
Ronald Martinson
Michael May
Kristine Mcelroy
Shannon Meade
Elizabeth Meyer
R Nicholas Palarino
Chas Phillips
Ashley Proctor
John Rowe
M H Sirh
Dan Skopec
Brian Stout
Shannon Weinberg
Melissa Wojciak
Bill Womack



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.