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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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CONYERS, JOHN JR, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $3,425.77

Average cost per trip - $380.64
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 525 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Law School Black Student Association
Dates - March 5, 2004 - March 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To participate in the CBC and Harvard Black Law Students Association's Town Hall Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,175.38
Lodging Cost - $157.43
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,332.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nation of Islam
Dates - February 29, 2004 - March 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To attend NOI's Annual Savior's Day Celebration forum: "Reparations: What Does America and Europe Owe? What does Allah (God) promise?
Notes -

Travel Cost - $283.70
Lodging Cost - $135.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $419.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greenville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Greenville, MD

Purpose - To speak about the involvement of fraternity (sic) and sorority organizations in grass-roots organizing, politics, policy-making and the law.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $956.70
Lodging Cost - $75.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tavis Smiley Inc.
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - To be a panelist on the issue of health care and reparations. [sponsor listd on Ethics rpt for 2004.
Notes - Detroit, MI - Atlanta, GA

Travel Cost - $5.00
Lodging Cost - $337.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Office of Dorothy Tillman Alderman 3rd Ward
Dates - March 24, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - National Reparations Convention Committee keynote speaker
Notes - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $210.90
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Recording Artists
Dates - February 8, 2004 - February 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Los Angeles - Detroit 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Haiti Support Project
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 12, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - New York - Detroit 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - Anti-Discrimination Committee
Dates - March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Newark - DC 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 - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Missouri Kansas City
Dates - May 16, 2005 - May 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Detroit - Kansas City - DC 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 - 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.