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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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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.

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Office of

David Dreier


Total cost of 92 office trips: $158,756.42


Trips by David Dreier
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $26,880.93

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 3, 1999 (1 day)
Expense: $2,361.00
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,440.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American International Group Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MEETINGS
Date: Apr 3, 2000
Expense: $425.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American International Group Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING MEETINGS
Date: Apr 10, 2000
Expense: $300.00
source

Destination: VAIL, COLORADO
Sponsor: Empower America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,027.74
source

Destination: GREENWICH, CT
Sponsor: Walker Digital Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 25, 2000
Expense: $445.00
source

Destination: BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: TECHNET, MASSACHUSETTS, KEANE INC.
Purpose: TECHNOLOGY MEETING
Date: Oct 2, 2000
Expense: $744.85
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $3,450.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $500.00
source

Destination: ECUADOR
Sponsor: Galapagos Conservancy
Purpose: TO REVIEW US-ECUADOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCES RELATED ISSUES
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,798.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: ELECTED LEADERSHIP MEETING
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $190.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE/SENATE REPUBLICAN PLANNING CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $722.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH WORLD ECONOMIC LEADERS
Date: Feb 1, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,425.50
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

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

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,051.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: CALIFORNIA DELEGATION RETREAT 2003
Purpose: CA DELEGATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $423.23
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: DISCUSS CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA ITEMS FOR THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $900.21
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY
Sponsor: Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT RE: AGRICULTURAL ISSUES
Date: Sep 16, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $285.40
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Dreier

Amanda Barnett
Stephanie Blanton
Alisa Do
Eunyoung Do
Vincent Erfe
Todd Gillenwater
Hugh Halpern
Eileen Harley
Amy Heerink
Adam Jarvis
Rachael Leman
Janice Mckinney
E Richard Mills
Lindsay Moorhead
Tara Ord
Amanda Pedigo
William Pitts
Vincent Randazzo
Matthew Reynolds
George Rogers
Brad Smith
Seth Webb



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.