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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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    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.

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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BLUNT, ROY, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $35,427.93

Average cost per trip - $2,214.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 44 days
Rank of representative - 183 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaker at DFA annual meeting. Kansas City, MO - Washington, DC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $881.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $881.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - First class ticket for flight between Springfield MO - Dallas Fort Worth - Reagan National (Washington DC)

Travel Cost - $1,483.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,516.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $3,283.00
Lodging Cost - $1,011.85
Meal Cost - $695.65
Other Cost - $493.00
Total Cost - $5,483.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hallmark Cars Inc.
Dates - May 7, 2001 - May 7, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $137.02
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $177.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Emerson Electric Co.
Dates - October 30, 2001 - October 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Meetings
Notes - First class ticket for flight between St Louis and Dulles.

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 24, 2002 - February 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,461.70
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,886.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - AZ

Purpose - speaking engagement and meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,599.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,599.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 30, 2002 - February 1, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - members' conference retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $125.00
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $785.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - ELC Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - March 24, 2003 - March 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speak to annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,679.48
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $33.21
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,712.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Planning Congressional Institute
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Republican Planning Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $120.00
Lodging Cost - $739.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $355.00
Total Cost - $1,214.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - house leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 3, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bentonville, AR

Purpose - Speaking engagement "SIFE" Students in Free Enterprise Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Notes - Springfield, MO - Bentonville, AR - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,600.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Bicameral leadership retreat
Notes - DC - Irvington, VA - DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Washington, DC - NY - Israel - NY - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,660.30
Lodging Cost - $2,722.32
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,447.46
Total Cost - $14,078.56

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.