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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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DAVIS, THOMAS M III, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $24,564.12

Average cost per trip - $2,047.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 264 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - consumer electronics product - education/IT speeches and panels
Notes -

Travel Cost - $423.38
Lodging Cost - $1,016.93
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,615.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - discussion w/20 leading New England technology executives
Notes - Other expenses are thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.51
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 29, 2000 - November 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - inauguration of Mexican President -- meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republicans Abroad
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Costa Rica

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,220.00
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,055.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Hellenic American Congress
Dates - August 26, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Greece

Purpose - Fact finding, International affairs/trade
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $6,398.84
Lodging Cost - $250.32
Meal Cost - $680.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,329.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Tour Consumer Electronics Show, second largest technology trade show
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $289.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $339.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Panama Business Council, Greater America Business Coalition
Dates - May 28, 2001 - May 31, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Panama - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding, telecom issues, earthquake damage
Notes - Daughter Pamela Davis accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,000.00
Lodging Cost - $960.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 30, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - guest speaker at economic forum
Notes - Child Carlton Davis accompanied.

Travel Cost - $6,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 9, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - address ABA legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $450.31
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $570.31

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Notes - DC area - Aspen Wye River Conference Center, Queenstown, MD - DC area

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - RSA Security Inc
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain 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 - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas - Washington, 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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.