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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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  • 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.

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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BONILLA, HENRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $27,908.16

Average cost per trip - $2,325.68
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 233 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Grocery Manufactories of America
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - GMA executive conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $2,332.13
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,032.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Rural Water Association
Dates - March 27, 2002 - March 27, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - TX

Purpose - award presentation
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,795.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,795.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Crop Insurers
Dates - February 2, 2003 - February 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,360.50
Lodging Cost - $321.25
Meal Cost - $77.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,759.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Dates - February 10, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Official event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $944.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $944.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Deborah Bonilla accompanied

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AMI
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other-transportation cost include: meals and lodging

Travel Cost - $1,649.58
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,649.58

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Food Marketing Institute
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - conference participation
Notes - other-lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $496.70
Lodging Cost - $1,555.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,051.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - FMI
Dates - January 21, 2005 - January 23, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Substantial participation
Notes - Washington - Boca Raton, FL - Washington

Travel Cost - $368.70
Lodging Cost - $864.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,233.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Goldman Sachs
Dates - January 24, 2005 - January 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - DCA-LGA-DCA (Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC)

Travel Cost - $214.24
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $289.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Daily Show
Dates - August 2, 2004 - August 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Interview on The Daily Show
Notes - San Antonio - NY - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $996.47
Lodging Cost - $178.12
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,174.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Washington, DC - Tel Aviv, Israel Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,559.20
Lodging Cost - $1,773.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,620.06
Total Cost - $11,200.74

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.