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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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COX, CHRISTOPHER, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $9,275.22

Average cost per trip - $772.94
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 440 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - COMDEX
Dates - April 19, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participate in Congressional Roundtable discussion (speech) 2000 COMDEX Spring Conference and Trade Show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $683.58
Lodging Cost - $353.42
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,062.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Freedom House
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 27, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Observation of Russian presidential election
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,048.20
Lodging Cost - $472.49
Meal Cost - $18.75
Other Cost - $16.43
Total Cost - $1,555.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - UCI CEO Roundtable
Dates - May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost - $75.00
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Rebecca Cox 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) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 28, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $92.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $102.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $133.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $210.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $660.00

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

Purpose - Bipartisan Retreat
Notes - Spouse Rebecca and three children accompanied. Meals included in lodging

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 22, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Conservation Members Retreat
Notes - Did not stay overnight

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $135.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $135.74

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Elected 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) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship
Notes - Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD (Wye River Conference Center) - and return

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

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.