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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.

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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

    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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    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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HINCHEY, MAURICE D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $148,781.54

Average cost per trip - $5,313.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 157 days
Rank of representative - 13 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - participation in the "US-German Roundtables for the 21st Century"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,355.55
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,855.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Damascus, Syria - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact finding trip
Notes - meal expenses included in lodging -- additional costs is phone

Travel Cost - $8,367.50
Lodging Cost - $777.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $12.00
Total Cost - $9,157.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - February 20, 2000 - February 24, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact-finding trip to evaluate the impact of the US Embargo on the people of Cuba
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,855.00
Lodging Cost - $430.25
Meal Cost - $126.37
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,411.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Morocco - Tunisia - Algeria - Egypt

Purpose - meetings to exchange views on how best to further peace process
Notes - lodging expenses included meal expenses

Travel Cost - $7,750.54
Lodging Cost - $601.25
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,351.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 20, 2000 - August 26, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - additional expense is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,629.30
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,654.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - to participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,699.97
Lodging Cost - $1,610.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,509.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US - German Roundtable meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,624.50
Lodging Cost - $498.00
Meal Cost - $375.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,497.50

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 - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba.
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,333.10
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $5,363.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 29, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,748.30
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,248.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Middle East

Purpose - Meetings with heads of state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,765.83
Lodging Cost - $2,400.70
Meal Cost - $122.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,288.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - IMDI Board Meeting
Notes - 9/1/01 - 9/3/01 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $2,987.40
Lodging Cost - $910.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,047.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Education conference
Notes - Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,324.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $487.50
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,824.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - conference on US-China relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,970.95
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,770.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - Child Michelle Hinchey accompanied. Four days spent in Rome before roundtable at expense of the House Appropriations Committee

Travel Cost - $13,848.00
Lodging Cost - $744.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,042.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 18, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cologne, Germany

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,667.60
Lodging Cost - $880.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,947.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Third Annual Qatar-American Conference for Free Markets and Democracy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,974.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation, General Service Foundation
Dates - January 11, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba - San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the effects of the Cuban embargo
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,052.78
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $31.00
Total Cost - $1,863.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To participate in the National Conference on Media Reform
Notes - Free Press (sponsor) reimbursed $750 of the travel costs

Travel Cost - $589.49
Lodging Cost - $224.73
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $814.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participant in the American Shipbuilding Association's congressional/industry workshop
Notes - Other costs are for parking

Travel Cost - $1,052.00
Lodging Cost - $509.03
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $1,777.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Mexico Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,437.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $495.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,657.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,212.10
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,862.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - expense - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,665.70
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,475.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - IMDI Series of Board Room Briefings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,655.20
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,355.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - June 29, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Purpose - to demonstrate solidarity in the Environmental Movement of Olancho's March for Life. A march in protest of illegal logging in the Honduras and the system that corrupts it
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,188.00
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,628.00

Additional family members - No


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 US policy in Latin America
Notes - Albany, NY - Punta Mita, Mexico - Albany, NY

Travel Cost - $5,425.68
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $808.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,183.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AOMALLIANCE (Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Alliance)
Dates - May 7, 2005 - May 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Newport, RI

Purpose - Keynote speaker and award recipient at the AOMALLIANCE 12th Annual Conference and Exposition
Notes - Hurley, NY - Newport, RI - Hurley, NY

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $175.16
Meal Cost - $104.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $279.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - To participate in the National Conference for Media Reform
Notes - New York, NY - St Louis, MO - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $386.90
Lodging Cost - $92.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $478.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Albany, NY - Naples, FL - Albany, NY

Travel Cost - $1,063.13
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost - $36.00
Total Cost - $1,712.55

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.