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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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BOYD, F ALLEN JR, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $10,245.35

Average cost per trip - $1,463.62
Total number of days spent traveling - 18 days
Rank of representative - 428 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Moneytree, Inc. --Dennis Basford, Moneytree CEO
Dates - June 13, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Alder, MT

Purpose - informative/discussion leader at town hall meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,274.50
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,474.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - GA

Purpose - informative
Notes -

Travel Cost - $689.00
Lodging Cost - $1,300.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,389.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dee Dot Timberlands
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Letter attached: "estimating the lowest first class air travel from Washington to Jacksonville is the responsibility of your office"

Travel Cost - $1,132.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $56.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,247.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - MN - SD

Purpose - Fact finding/agricultural education
Notes - Other costs are for guides and licenses

Travel Cost - $1,211.00
Lodging Cost - $128.40
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost - $965.00
Total Cost - $2,337.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Farm Bureau Federation
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Speech on FQPA
Notes - Other costs are for parking at hotel

Travel Cost - $210.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $10.00
Total Cost - $220.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dee Dot Timberlands
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - round table discussions/fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,049.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Electric Co-Op
Dates - August 26, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Featured speaker at AE Co-Op's board mtg. Meet & greet w/ board members in Montgomery (AE & West FL Electric Co-Op members)
Notes - Tallahassee, FL - Montgomery, AL

Travel Cost - $527.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $527.70

Additional family members - No

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.