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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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BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $31,177.12

Average cost per trip - $3,464.12
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 211 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Non-Commissioned Officers Association
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaking engagement and award presentation for his legislative efforts on behalf of veterans
Notes -

Travel Cost - $110.11
Lodging Cost - $137.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $332.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend educational meetings regarding telecommunications
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $2,695.00
Lodging Cost - $1,568.40
Meal Cost - $543.68
Other Cost - $3.00
Total Cost - $4,810.08

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - spouse Evelyn -- no location indicated

Travel Cost - $2,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,076.00
Meal Cost - $1,310.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,386.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society
Dates - June 6, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied.

Travel Cost - $354.00
Lodging Cost - $1,962.00
Meal Cost - $205.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,521.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis accompanied. Other costs are phone calls.

Travel Cost - $3,149.00
Lodging Cost - $1,172.84
Meal Cost - $409.00
Other Cost - $50.76
Total Cost - $4,781.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 16, 2004 - April 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement as a member of a Congressional panel
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis

Travel Cost - $3,772.60
Lodging Cost - $2,044.75
Meal Cost - $145.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,963.10

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - Spouse Evelyn Bilirakis

Travel Cost - $1,185.60
Lodging Cost - $1,824.66
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,310.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Hellenic Council
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Awards ceremony - speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Los Angeles - Washington, DC Personal Expense 3/7/05

Travel Cost - $1,137.61
Lodging Cost - $339.86
Meal Cost - $158.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,635.47

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,030.20
Lodging Cost - $2,043.75
Meal Cost - $362.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,436.60

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.