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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

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    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.
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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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FARR, SAM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $58,720.61

Average cost per trip - $3,914.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 72 days
Rank of representative - 97 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied

Travel Cost - $8,036.62
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,244.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Conference participant
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Other cost is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,099.37
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,479.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Parcel Service
Dates - March 29, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,335.95
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,340.95

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Contributed $500 toward cost of trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Mrs. Shary Farr

Travel Cost - $3,824.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,974.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,029.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,472.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,997.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Urbanists International
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Educational. Trip looked at planning and land management issues.
Notes - Other costs include transportation within island (taxis, tips etc). (a sepaarate filing listed the trip was paid for by the Center for International Policy.

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $585.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Educational group discussion
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $636.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Notes - travel at personal expense - with spouse Shary Farr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $512.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Notes - other covered "group activities"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $778.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - conference on US Brazil relations
Notes - with spouse Shary Farr - other covered taxi fare

Travel Cost - $3,715.73
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $8,085.73

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Policy in Latin America
Notes - Monterey, CA - Punta Mita, Mexico - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $944.34
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $909.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,903.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $336.74
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $436.74

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.