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    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.

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.

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ADERHOLT, ROBERT B, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $39,035.15

Average cost per trip - $1,394.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 91 days
Rank of representative - 167 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - North Mississippi Health Services
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak to annual board retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $52.00
Lodging Cost - $168.79
Meal Cost - $22.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $243.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 13, 2000 - August 15, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Governmental Affairs Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $337.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $337.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $88.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $599.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Textile Manufacturers Association
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Biloxi, MS

Purpose - Speaking on issues regarding legislation and the textile industry
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $334.00
Lodging Cost - $217.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $551.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Health Group of Alabama
Dates - March 1, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - Speaking on issues regarding health care in the new Congress
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt, original trans cost is $439.41

Travel Cost - $1,352.51
Lodging Cost - $175.38
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,527.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Peanut Producers
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Panama City, FL

Purpose - Speak to annual conference
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $719.00
Lodging Cost - $145.55
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,054.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $144.00
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Gravel Hill Baptist Church Brotherhood
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Payne, AL

Purpose - speak to group
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $70.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Health Group of Alabama
Dates - February 28, 2002 - March 4, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Perdido Beach, AL

Purpose - speak to group on health-care issues
Notes - spouse Caroline Aderholt -- dates at personal expense: 03/02/2002 - 03/03/2002

Travel Cost - $556.00
Lodging Cost - $175.38
Meal Cost - $128.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $859.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - September 30, 2003 - September 30, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Speak at re-opening of Lockheed-Martin's Courtland, AL facility
Notes - Transportation cost is for one-way private plane from Huntsville AL to Dulles airport, Washington DC

Travel Cost - $661.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $661.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Trucking Association
Dates - October 25, 2002 - October 30, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attendance as speaker at Advocacy Luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $364.00
Lodging Cost - $839.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Caroline and child accompanied. Meals included in lodgings.

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,224.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,574.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Corporation
Dates - July 14, 2003 - July 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Attend announcement of plant expansion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $583.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $583.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - audio visual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - Speaker at annual meeting
Notes - Carolina Adherholt - spouse [Sandestin Resort]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $871.20
Meal Cost - $55.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $926.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JM Family Enterprises Inc.
Dates - August 24, 2003 - August 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Tour Toyota Factory Conversion Facility
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $416.00
Lodging Cost - $357.52
Meal Cost - $164.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electric Cities of Alabama
Dates - July 12, 2003 - July 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - Receive award at annual meeting
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $696.80
Lodging Cost - $463.98
Meal Cost - $62.54
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,223.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Foundation
Dates - December 9, 2003 - December 14, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - To build bridges of friendship between the leadership of the United States and Israel and the United States and Jordan
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,671.50
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $339.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,611.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority
Dates - August 26, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual meeting
Notes - Spouse - Caroline Aderholt

Travel Cost - $90.00
Lodging Cost - $533.79
Meal Cost - $580.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,203.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - RSC retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $124.12
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $451.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ambassadors of Reconciliation Foundation
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Tour tsunami-hit area
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,612.16
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,612.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speak at Legislative Conference
Notes - Grand Floridian, Orlando, FL

Travel Cost - $1,483.92
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,886.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Christian Embassy
Dates - June 11, 2004 - June 14, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Asuncion, Paraguay

Purpose - Meeting with President of Paraguay
Notes -

Travel Cost - $801.50
Lodging Cost - $175.50
Meal Cost - $25.59
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,002.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Birmingham Southern College
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Speak to College Alumni Weekend
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $79.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $79.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 6, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak at Governmental Affairs Conference
Notes - Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,567.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,567.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 5, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Point Clear, AL

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $598.26
Meal Cost - $124.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $722.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oneonta Chamber of Commerce
Dates - August 24, 2005 - August 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Oneonta, AL

Purpose - Speak to Chamber breakfast
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $87.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $87.16

Additional family members - Yes

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.