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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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BARTON, JOE L, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 33
Total cost of trips - $55,567.14

Average cost per trip - $1,683.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 92 days
Rank of representative - 112 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Mississippi Association of Managers
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Biloxi, MS

Purpose - Speech to drycleaners
Notes -

Travel Cost - $665.00
Lodging Cost - $220.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $985.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Building Congress
Dates - March 26, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech with the NY Bldg. Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $47.50
Lodging Cost - $353.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Western Regional Counsel
Dates - December 10, 2000 - December 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Moderator for energy seminar at the 24th meeting of the Western Regional Counsel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,431.00
Lodging Cost - $311.00
Meal Cost - $99.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,841.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To deliver the keynote address at the Edison Electric Institute National Accts. Workshop
Notes -

Travel Cost - $724.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $734.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 9, 2000 - June 11, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Speech on Sunday June 11, 2000
Notes -

Travel Cost - $837.50
Lodging Cost - $360.72
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,218.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Mining Association
Dates - October 6, 2000 - October 9, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaker at the National Mining Association
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,165.00
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $129.66
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,614.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Puebla, Mexico

Purpose - Speech to student assembly/fact finding on university exchange program w/ US
Notes -

Travel Cost - $577.57
Lodging Cost - $37.50
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $645.07

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - September 4, 2001 - September 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - CO

Purpose - Attend and speak to CEO forum - energy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,662.25
Lodging Cost - $249.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,951.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
Dates - May 31, 2001 - June 1, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Knoxville, TN

Purpose - Spoke at 3rd annual governor's summit on mountain air quality
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,247.50
Lodging Cost - $159.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,431.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participant in panel discussion
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,907.25
Lodging Cost - $916.00
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,878.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Exnet
Dates - January 29, 2001 - January 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Spoke at the 14th annual Utility M & A symposium
Notes - (sponsor name illegible)

Travel Cost - $1,154.45
Lodging Cost - $110.44
Meal Cost - $296.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,561.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participated in panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,788.25
Lodging Cost - $2,213.58
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,101.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Power Gen International
Dates - December 8, 2001 - December 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Energy conference, keynote/opening speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $414.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Nuclear Society
Dates - June 9, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hollywood, FL

Purpose - speech in Hollywood, FL
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,698.50
Lodging Cost - $149.85
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,848.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - attend 51st convention and NCTA board/congressional event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $507.00
Lodging Cost - $825.00
Meal Cost - $74.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show/Panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $472.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,529.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 18, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - legislative conference on panel discussion
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost - $1,185.00
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $315.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,260.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electric Power Supply Association
Dates - January 19, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL - Bonita Springs, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker for Electric Power Supply Annual Board Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $592.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $862.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - September 1, 2003 - September 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Speak to the Board of Directors and members of the Edison Electric Institute Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $662.50
Lodging Cost - $869.83
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,592.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - October 12, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend a dinner with the United States Telecom Association Board Members and speak to the USTA General Session Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,672.50
Lodging Cost - $216.91
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,974.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Society of Professional Engineers
Dates - July 11, 2003 - July 12, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - To speak at the National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Convention and receive the Legislative Service Award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $197.50
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $346.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Diabetes Association
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - To speak at a dinner and participate in a panel discussion at the Southeastern and South Central Division, American Association 2003 Fall Volunteer Meeting
Notes - Other costs are car service

Travel Cost - $791.00
Lodging Cost - $228.90
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $1,291.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in two Congressional Panels and tour Technology Trade Show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,036.50
Lodging Cost - $879.63
Meal Cost - $303.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,219.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Participate in the Energy and Environment Congressional Panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $989.50
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,237.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boich Companies
Dates - January 24, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend the BOICH company's annual Coal Conference and meet Boich executives
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,322.00
Lodging Cost - $523.50
Meal Cost - $131.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,977.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - To meet auto industry executives and attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $787.00
Lodging Cost - $318.06
Meal Cost - $112.76
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,217.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - To attend the leadership and technology dinner in 2004 congressional panel on technology and telecom issues
Notes - other cost - business center incidentals

Travel Cost - $553.00
Lodging Cost - $912.33
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $1,781.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 17, 2004 - April 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in a SHIVA roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $581.81
Lodging Cost - $1,872.98
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,604.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speak to NPRA Executives and attend reception and dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $684.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $784.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Attend New York Mercantile Exchange Futures Industry Association annual conference and participate in the Washington Outlook Panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.90
Lodging Cost - $541.52
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,823.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Independent Petroleum Assn of America
Dates - October 25, 2004 - October 26, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - Speak to IPAA's annual meeting
Notes - DFW - Austin (Dallas - Austin)

Travel Cost - $386.70
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $720.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate on a panel at the Congressional breakfast at the National Association of Broadcasters
Notes - Dallas, TX - Las Vegas, NV - Dallas, TX Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,572.48
Lodging Cost - $1,716.75
Meal Cost - $695.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,984.49

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Dates - February 9, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak to the Cambridge Energy Research Associates Executive Summit
Notes - Dallas - Boston

Travel Cost - $327.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $327.00

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.

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    A 21st-century vocational high school

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  • 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.