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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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  • 09.11.14

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    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.
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Office of

Eni Faleomavaega


Total cost of 16 office trips: $116,306.38


Trips by Eni Faleomavaega
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $85,931.25

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: USO MISSOURI (TRAVEL) AND HOWARD JOHNSON HOTELS (LODGING)
Purpose: ASIA PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH SPEECH
Date: May 26, 2000
Expense: $1,230.00
source

Destination: KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,175.00
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA ONLY
Sponsor: SAMOA FOR ALL OF SACRAMENTO
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: May 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $145.00
source

Destination: DC-KOREA-DC Congressnan LAS VEGAS-KOREA-LAS VEGA daughter
Sponsor: KOREA-U.S. EXCHANGE COUNCIL, BETTER HONG KONG FOUNDATION, CHINESE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COOPERATION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ENHANCE RELATIONS THROUGH THE "MANDATE FOR LEADERSHIP: PRIORITIES FOR THE PRESIDENT" CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $23,933.86
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: BUILD RELATIONSHIP WITH NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Date: May 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,450.50
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: POLICY SUMMIT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,359.63
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENTS ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA. WILL MEET WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS RE: KOREA/UNITED STATES RELATIONS. VISIT AMERICAN TROOPS AT DMZ.
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $22,098.84
source

Destination: CONTINUATION OF KOREA TRIP
Sponsor: George Washington University
Purpose: TO PROMOTE EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND JAPAN TRADE AND ECONOMIC ISSUES
Date: Dec 2, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $448.02
source

Destination: NY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VISIT TO UN HEADQUARTERS
Date: May 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $616.70
source

Destination: DC-KAZAKHSTAN-SAN FRANCISCO-APIA
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: ENHANCE US. - KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS, DISCUSS NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION
Date: Jul 31, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $24,373.70
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO TAIPEI, TAIWAN TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: ATTENDING DEMOCRATIC PACIFIC UNION INAUGURAL MEETING AND FACT-FINDING/EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Aug 12, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Eni Faleomavaega

Timothy Johnson
Enere Levi
Lisa Williams



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.