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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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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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DURBIN, RICHARD J, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $70,582.40

Average cost per trip - $3,921.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 94 days
Rank of representative - 73 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 15, 2000 - May 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speak to South Dade County AIPAC Organization
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,371.00
Lodging Cost - $148.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,519.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NBC - Meet the Press
Dates - September 17, 2000 - September 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Appear on "Meet the Press"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,550.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,550.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Atlantic Conference
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Attend Chicago Council on Foreign Relations 2000 Atlantic Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost - $742.95
Meal Cost - $249.70
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $2,282.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied; ground transportation is other expense

Travel Cost - $2,358.60
Lodging Cost - $1,792.00
Meal Cost - $2,592.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,842.60

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. National Security and the global environment
Notes - $200 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $5,193.90
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,673.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Berlin, Germany - Lebanon - Syria - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding - Sen. Durbin met up with Daschle CODEL
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,087.20
Lodging Cost - $1,128.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $69.40
Total Cost - $6,284.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - November 20, 2002 - November 24, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Purpose - Attended 2002 Atlantic Conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous for member and spouse. Chicago, IL - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Participated in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Jennifer Durbin accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League
Dates - August 5, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - To view the wilderness and oil fields in Alaska.
Notes - Paul Durbin accompanied. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous. Chicago, IL - Alaska

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Participate in conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Durbin traveled from Chicago, spouse traveled from Springfield. Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Costs included airfare, lodging, meals and miscellaneous.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China Relations
Notes - RJD: Chicago - Honolulu, HI Mrs. Durbin Springfield - Honolulu, HI Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/15/2005 to show amounts]

Travel Cost - $5,241.02
Lodging Cost - $3,350.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $11,391.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Policy Committee
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 3, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chesapeake Bay

Purpose - To participate in the Spring issues conference on the Chesapeake
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - RJD: Chicago - Venice, Italy Mrs. Durbin: Springfield - Venice, Italy Including spouse This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.[rpt filed 6/15/2005 with amounts]

Travel Cost - $5,103.60
Lodging Cost - $3,750.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,183.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, South African Institute of Int'l Affairs
Dates - November 9, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cape Town, South Africa

Purpose - Participate in a conference on international affairs and fact finding trip
Notes - Washington, DC - Cape Town, South Africa South African Institute of Int'l Affairs

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RESULTS Educational Fund
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - India

Purpose - Purpose of travel to visit tuberculosis, community health, AIDS and microcredit sites
Notes - India and Bangladesh from DC This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 23, 2005 - July 23, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - Deliver keynote address at opening plenary session of annual conference of Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Notes -

Travel Cost - $481.97
Lodging Cost - $277.76
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $839.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Wilderness League
Dates - August 5, 2003 - August 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - To view the wilderness and oil fields of Alaska
Notes - (hotel, 2 nights - tent camping, 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $3,600.00
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost - $324.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,104.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,948.90
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,910.90

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.