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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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  • 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.

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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JOHN, CHRIS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $40,745.91

Average cost per trip - $2,910.42
Total number of days spent traveling - 49 days
Rank of representative - 161 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Dates - November 9, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Austin, TX

Purpose - speech and participation in Annual leadership retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $1,081.00
Lodging Cost - $1,081.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,962.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - spring retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $135.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $735.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Indigo Institute
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speaker-policy conference
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost - $4,977.00
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,597.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 21, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Hyde Park Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost - $13.00
Total Cost - $564.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Ag Committee retreat
Notes - spouse-Payton John

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $390.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Beer Institute
Dates - November 20, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speaker and participant at membership meeting
Notes - spouse-Payton John, photocopied page; meal expenses included in lodging. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $1,450.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $2,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - 2001 Spring Retreat
Notes - Spouse Payton John, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $209.50
Lodging Cost - $1,010.00
Meal Cost - $680.00
Other Cost - $302.00
Total Cost - $2,201.50

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose -
Notes - Spouse Payton John, meals incl with lodging

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 25, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC spring retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Payton John. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $552.50
Lodging Cost - $829.20
Meal Cost - $488.50
Other Cost - $165.41
Total Cost - $2,035.61

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - GA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,023.50
Lodging Cost - $1,300.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,723.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 23, 2003 - March 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cabin Bluff, GA

Purpose - Address Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Summit
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $1,191.00
Lodging Cost - $1,666.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,857.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Payton John accompanied

Travel Cost - $7,710.96
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,854.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - I-49 International Coalition
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO - Joplin, MO - Fort Smith, AR - Shreveport, LA - Doddridge, AR - Lafayette, LA - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Traveled route of I-49
Notes - I-49 International Coalition, not I-94 - assume this is an error.

Travel Cost - $950.05
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $110.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,245.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Democratic Leadership Council Retreat
Notes - Spouse Payton John accompanied

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $456.48
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,993.60

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.