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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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    Four-year institutions brace for population shifts

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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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BISHOP, SANFORD D JR, Democratic Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,561.48

Average cost per trip - $2,445.19
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 305 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Brain Trust
Notes - spouse Vivian C. Bishop accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $680.00
Lodging Cost - $511.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $43.00
Total Cost - $1,374.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - To discuss issues of concern to the mutual caucus - tri-caucus
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,401.44
Lodging Cost - $549.00
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,851.46

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $353.00
Lodging Cost - $668.52
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,066.52

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association
Dates - August 3, 2001 - August 5, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker and educational briefings attended
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $674.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $1,494.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Peanut Farmers Conference
Dates - July 21, 2001 - July 22, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Attend peanut farmers conferences to discuss farm bill and AG issues
Notes - Spouse Vivian Creighton Bishop. Other costs are for entertainment

Travel Cost - $1,573.00
Lodging Cost - $332.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost - $190.00
Total Cost - $2,285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Morehouse College
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Served as an honoree at the Morehouse College Founder's Day Celebration, Candle in the Dark Gala.
Notes - Including spouse. [Personal financial disclosure statement llisted location]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - not specified
Notes - This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

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.