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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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BARR, BOB, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 30
Total cost of trips - $53,297.98

Average cost per trip - $1,776.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 82 days
Rank of representative - 117 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - July 29, 2000 - July 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Abescon, NJ

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.80
Lodging Cost - $199.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $668.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Credit Union Affiliates
Dates - October 13, 2000 - October 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $358.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $358.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 15, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Bd. Mtg./Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $749.51
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $959.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 24, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $615.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $615.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fred Friendly Seminars Inc.
Dates - January 9, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $249.00
Lodging Cost - $225.60
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $674.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Franchise Association
Dates - April 9, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $386.00
Lodging Cost - $202.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $588.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakenings Conference
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $115.00
Lodging Cost - $835.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC - Meet the Press
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 14, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Interview
Notes -

Travel Cost - $218.00
Lodging Cost - $210.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Meals are included in lodging cost -- Accompanied by Jeri Barr

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 3, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Arlington, VA

Purpose - Board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.01
Lodging Cost - $137.09
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $542.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Restoration Weekend
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $728.00
Lodging Cost - $706.20
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,859.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - May 18, 2001 - May 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $8,196.00
Lodging Cost - $471.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $9.63
Total Cost - $8,676.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - September 30, 2001 - September 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Long Island, NY

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,273.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $827.82
Total Cost - $2,100.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Republican Assembly, Fairbanks Republican Assembly
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speeches
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $834.00
Lodging Cost - $188.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,022.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $298.25
Lodging Cost - $272.80
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost - $108.09
Total Cost - $839.14

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Seminole County, FL
Dates - October 20, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $1,124.00
Lodging Cost - $140.61
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,264.61

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School
Dates - March 13, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $554.65
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $554.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - November 18, 2001 - November 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hampton, GA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Child Adrian Barr

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Law School, GOP
Dates - April 24, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost - $97.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $97.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens United
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $226.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,292.00
Total Cost - $1,518.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 11, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Lebanon

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $280.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect - Wednesday Morning Group
Dates - September 27, 2001 - September 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Interview plus speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $692.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $692.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 26, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $169.50
Lodging Cost - $2,670.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,839.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Federalist Society
Dates - April 2, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Richmond, VA

Purpose - Speech to the Richmond Law School Federalist Society
Notes -

Travel Cost - $101.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $101.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose - Congressional fact-finding and speech
Notes - Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Travel Cost - $18,000.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $18,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Bankers Association
Dates - March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NC

Purpose - Speech
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $784.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $784.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - January 12, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - board meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,173.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,173.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Rifle Association
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 4, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - meeting
Notes - spouse Jeri Barr

Travel Cost - $732.50
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,282.50

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.