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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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ALLEN, THOMAS H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $79,591.11

Average cost per trip - $4,681.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 58 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Drummond, Woodsum & Macmahon
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak before American Bar Association -- Installation even for Robert Hirshon from Portland, ME as president
Notes - Transportation Costs: "highest commercial fare available"

Travel Cost - $675.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,221.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,425.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $11,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,790.50
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,350.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak in a conference about trade
Notes - staffer went to same place and filled in Miami, FL for destination.

Travel Cost - $746.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $1,465.50
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $828.00
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,719.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Education
Notes - Other costs are $35 for jacket, $9.95 for tote bag

Travel Cost - $562.00
Lodging Cost - $438.44
Meal Cost - $237.50
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,282.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,565.10
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,165.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US China relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,880.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,260.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,814.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,519.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional health policy conference
Notes - doesnt specify what other cost was

Travel Cost - $522.86
Lodging Cost - $884.90
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $1,938.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Notes -

Travel Cost - $840.50
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,527.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $7,212.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,812.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Energy Board
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Attending the annual Keystone Energy Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $379.40
Lodging Cost - $360.09
Meal Cost - $131.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $870.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - Portland - Ft Lauderdale - Portland

Travel Cost - $621.76
Lodging Cost - $904.50
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,528.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Ship Building Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - District - Ft Myers - District

Travel Cost - $810.91
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $290.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,469.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Clinical Research Professionals
Dates - April 6, 2005 - April 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Panel discussion on prescription drug re-importation
Notes - Portland, ME - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $284.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $284.10

Additional family members - No

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.