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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

Howard Mckeon


Total cost of 41 office trips: $104,158.14


Trips by Howard Mckeon
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $30,819.35

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TOUR HI-TECH COMPANIES
Date: Nov 30, 1999
Expense: $814.00
source

Destination: HUNTINGTON BEACH/SEAL BEACH, CA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: TOUR AND BRIEFING ON SPACE AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $530.90
source

Destination: EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: NATIONAL COALITION OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAMS
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $155.74
source

Destination: QATAR
Sponsor: Islamic Institute
Purpose: QATARI-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR FREE MARKETS & DEMOCRACY, DOHA, QATAR
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $15,800.00
source

Destination: NAT'L ASSOC. OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATORS CONFERENCE
Sponsor: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NASFAA CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 20, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $317.36
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE TREASURERS
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER FOR THE COUNCIL ON GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Date: Aug 20, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $501.00
source

Destination: NY LAGUARDIA TO WASHINGTON NATIONAL
Sponsor: Association of Proprietary Colleges
Purpose: TO VISIT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Date: Dec 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,212.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES
Date: Mar 22, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $393.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Association of Community Colleges
Purpose: MR. MCKEON WAS PRESENTED WITH AN AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Date: Apr 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $834.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES TO MILAN ITALY VENICE ITALY TO REAGAN NATIONAL
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO LEARN OF COMMON ITALIAN/AMERICAN DEFENSE INTERESTS
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $10,261.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Howard Mckeon

James Bergeron
Robert Cochran
Kurt Courtney
Hanz Heinrichs
Heath Weems
Karen Weiss
Scott Wilk



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.