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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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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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DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR., Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $119,229.93

Average cost per trip - $9,171.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 137 days
Rank of representative - 25 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Participation in Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $3,497.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,497.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 17, 2000 - September 3, 2000 (18 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland - Prague, Czech Republic - Kiev, Ukraine

Purpose - participation in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $4,485.80
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,810.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 25, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (12 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US National Security and the Global Environment
Notes - Spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $5,311.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,791.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,717.80
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,217.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $13,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,800.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $2,746.35
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,871.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - May 27, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Sitka, AK - Juneau, AK

Purpose - Tongass National Forest fact-finding trip
Notes - spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett

Travel Cost - $1,929.84
Lodging Cost - $1,268.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,217.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 24, 2003 (17 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Attending conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Spouse Libby Doggett accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,809.80
Lodging Cost - $1,325.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,734.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Thailand - Cambodia

Purpose - Meeting with Singaporean governmental business and academic leaders
Notes - Spouse Libby Doggett accompanied

Travel Cost - $14,692.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,592.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 22, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - wife Elizabeth Doggett accompanied - other cost was ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,107.60
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,550.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 17, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - France

Purpose - Participation in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable
Notes - US - France - US Personal Expense 3 days

Travel Cost - $6,642.52
Lodging Cost - $502.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,494.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 24, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Austin, TX - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Dates of Personal Expense: 2 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,514.04
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,846.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 27, 2005 - June 7, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington - Istanbul / Istanbul - Washington Including spouse Dates of personal expense: 5

Travel Cost - $4,354.70
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,804.70

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.