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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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EMERSON, JO ANN H, Republican Party
Missouri

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $43,900.42

Average cost per trip - $3,376.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 145 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - itinerary attached; Jo Ann combined for lodging and meal=660;Ron combined for lodging and meal=290

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $252.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Missouri Bar Association
Dates - January 28, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jefferson City, MO

Purpose - to judge the Missouri Bar Association's "We the People" state finals competition
Notes - itinerary attached; spouse, Ron; invoice attached - travel reimb=152.83

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $93.59
Meal Cost - $59.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $152.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Amtrak
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 22, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Rice
Dates - April 10, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Promote sales of US agricultural commodities to Cuba.
Notes - Spouse, Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses are for departure taxes

Travel Cost - $4,774.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $214.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $5,828.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 8, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - explore Cuba trade options and benefits
Notes - other expenses include airport tax.

Travel Cost - $1,528.50
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $172.00
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $2,420.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Conway Data, Continental Airlines
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico

Purpose - agricultural summit
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other expenses includes ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes - spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied.

Travel Cost - $742.00
Lodging Cost - $715.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,457.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Lexington Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 11, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - Varadero, Cuba - Santiago, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding and research for foreign policy issues
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney accompanied. Other costs are for airport tax

Travel Cost - $776.66
Lodging Cost - $1,464.00
Meal Cost - $267.36
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,558.02

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Ronald Gladney and child Katharine Emerson accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

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

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Airport Executives
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Koloa, HI

Purpose - educational
Notes - with spouse Ronald C. Gladney

Travel Cost - $9,700.00
Lodging Cost - $3,431.60
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,531.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust Inc
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - To participate in seminars on legislative issues including demographic trends in CA, port capacity and security issues, and wine industry concerns (direct marketing and consolidation in the industry)
Notes - Washington, DC - Napa, CA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,049.25
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $917.74
Other Cost - $219.87
Total Cost - $10,504.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ohio Wesleyan Univ
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Delaware, OH

Purpose - Graduation speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Delaware, OH - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $95.28
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $64.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.17

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.