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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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Trips sponsored by

Electronic Industries Alliance


Total cost of 47 trips: $46,211.31


Traveler: Joseph Stanko (from the office of Thomas Bliley)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 15, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $800.00
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Traveler: Victor Wolski (from the office of Connie Mack)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT AND ATTEND THE EIA'S SUMME LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE ON A PANEL ON TAX AND BUDGET ISSUES
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,235.14
source

Traveler: William Greenwalt (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLES
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,002.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Mackenzie (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLES
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,002.00
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Traveler: Justin Lilley (from the office of Thomas Bliley)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: 2 PANELS
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $650.00
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Traveler: Robert Palmer (from the office of F. James Sensenbrenner)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPACE POLICY PANEL AT EIA'S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE.
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,060.00
source

Traveler: Letitia White (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL AND DURING PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,421.39
source

Traveler: Everett Eissenstat (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: WARM SPRINGS, VIRGINIA (THE HOMESTEAD)
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION PUBLIC POLICY CONFERENCE AND SERVE AS PANELIST ON A TRADE POLICY PANEL
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $596.20
source

Traveler: Angela Ellard (from the office of Bill Archer)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: SPEAK AT 18TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $851.30
source

Traveler: John Roberts (from the office of Benjamin Gilman)
Destination: ALL DAYS AT THE HOMESTEAD
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TRADE PANEL AT ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,374.32
source

Traveler: Steven Thompson (from the office of Floyd Spence)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAKER ON DEFENSE PANEL OF EIA LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,049.79
source

Traveler: Lawrence Willcox (from the office of Sam Johnson)
Destination: TRIP TO THE HOMESTEAD IN HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $955.78
source

Traveler: Fred Upton (from the office of Fred Upton)
Destination:
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN UPTON SPOKE TO CONFERENCE DELEGATES
Date: Mar 23, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,144.50
source

Traveler: M Sidney Ashworth (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A LEGISLATIVE ROUNTABLE AT THE HOMESTEAD HOTEL
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,393.27
source

Traveler: Hazen Marshall (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: EIA'S 19TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,331.58
source

Traveler: Gary Hall (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE AS A PANELIST ON THE ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES ALLIANCE DEFENSE PANEL AT THEIR SUMMER LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $634.52
source

Traveler: Kevin Landy (from the office of Joseph Lieberman)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON SUMMER LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE; APPEAR ON PANEL TO DISCUSS E-GOVERNMENT
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,085.08
source

Traveler: Amy Heerink (from the office of Thomas Davis)
Destination: AUG 13-MORNING PANELS & EVENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS AUG 14-MORNING PANELS & EVENING CONGRESSIONAL STAFF LEGISLATIVE ISSUE DINNERS; AUG 15-MORNINNG PANELS
Purpose: ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $420.61
source

Traveler: John Feehery (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: HOMESTEAD, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION OF ISSUES BEFORE CONGRESS
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $455.21
source

Traveler: Philip Grone (from the office of Bob Stump)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION AS PANELIST ON DEFENSE MATTERS DURING EIA ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,394.51
source

Traveler: Edith Bernards (from the office of Richard Gephardt)
Destination: ISSUES CONFERENCE AT THE HOMESTEAD
Purpose: SPOKE ON A PANEL REGARDING LEADERSHIP
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $317.26
source

Traveler: Richard Obermann (from the office of Ralph Hall)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD IN HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES ALLIANCE ANNUAL SUMMER LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 12, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $449.26
source

Traveler: C Stewart Verdery (from the office of Don Nickles)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: EIA ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $972.66
source

Traveler: John Tanner (from the office of John Tanner)
Destination: DC-PHOENIX-MEMPHIS
Purpose: GIVE SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,239.50
source

Traveler: Josh Ackil (from the office of Thomas Daschle)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL TECHNOLOGY PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Aug 11, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $235.00
source

Traveler: Thomas Mackenzie (from the office of John Warner)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 11, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,108.00
source

Traveler: G William Hoagland (from the office of Pete Domenici)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD RESORT; HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE & SPEAK
Date: Aug 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $620.00
source

Traveler: Jeff Hamond (from the office of John Kerry)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON A PANEL RELATED TO SOUND FISCAL POLICIES FOR THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AT EIA'S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ROUND TABLE
Date: Aug 13, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $470.00
source

Traveler: Christine Drager (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: HOT SPRING, VIRGINIA
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL AT THE EIA ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,456.00
source

Traveler: M Sidney Ashworth (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN DEFENSE ROUNTABLE DISCUSSION/PANEL SPONSORED BY EIA
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,246.76
source

Traveler: Hillary Brill (from the office of Rick Boucher)
Destination: HOMESTEAD, VA
Purpose: PANEL PARTICIPANT OR DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ISSUES; CONFERENCE LASTED FROM SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY - CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,024.18
source

Traveler: Tim Kurth (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISSUES FACING TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, AND SERVED ON PANEL
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,364.27
source

Traveler: Howard Waltzman (from the office of W.J. Tauzin)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $597.39
source

Traveler: Shara Aranoff (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $452.41
source

Traveler: Juliane Sullivan (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN PANEL DISCUSSION ON NASA AND SPACE POLICY
Date: Aug 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $928.00
source

Traveler: Greg Nickerson (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: HOMESTEAD RESORT
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL TAX PANEL
Date: Aug 12, 2003
Expense: $167.90
source

Traveler: John Tanner (from the office of John Tanner)
Destination: WEST PALM BEACH
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN LEADERSHIP FORUM
Date: Jan 28, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,085.55
source

Traveler: Lesley Kalan (from the office of Ted Stevens)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $854.00
source

Traveler: Brian Ponper (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $440.00
source

Traveler: Michelle Burkett (from the office of David Obey)
Destination: FALLS CHURCH, VA TO HOT SPRINGS, VA AND RETURN
Purpose: PANEL SPEAKER RE: NASA
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $772.63
source

Traveler: Greg Nickerson (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD, HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: TO ATTEND EIA LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,911.50
source

Traveler: John Van Atta (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD RESORT, HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: ATTEND CONFERENCE 'TAX AND ECONOMIC POLICY'
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $570.00
source

Traveler: Russ Sullivan (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: THE HOMESTEAD RESORT, HOT SPRINGS VA
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL 'TAX AND ECONOMIC POLICY'
Date: Aug 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $570.00
source

Traveler: Conrad Burns (from the office of Conrad Burns)
Destination: MAUI, HAWAII
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON 109TH CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA FOR COMMERCE COMMITTEE
Date: Jan 26, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $3,369.18
source

Traveler: Gregg Sheiowitz (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Purpose: MEMBER OF A ROUNDTABLE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE POLICY
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $400.20
source

Traveler: Gerald Couri (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: HOT SPRINGS, VA
Purpose: PARTICIPATION ON PANEL AND OTHER DISCUSSIONS REGARDING ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING PROPOSALS
Date: Aug 8, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $358.62
source

Traveler: Jessica Herrera (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: HOMESTEAD RESORT
Purpose: TO ATTEND EIA'S 23RD ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $373.84
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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.