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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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KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $54,448.30

Average cost per trip - $4,188.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 68 days
Rank of representative - 115 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - AT&T, Microsoft, American Airlines
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentations and tour company facilities
Notes - G. Robert Daniels attended

Travel Cost - $8,575.00
Lodging Cost - $749.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,594.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $5,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $7,570.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tom Joyner Foundation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in Blackamericaweb.com think tank
Notes - accompanied by sister Marsha Cheeks. Lodging expenses include meals. Trip was on cruise ship in Carribean

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost - $519.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $473.00
Lodging Cost - $380.72
Meal Cost - $138.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $992.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Action Network
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 8, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speak on two panels
Notes -

Travel Cost - $917.00
Lodging Cost - $818.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,735.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 6, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Nassau, Bahamas

Purpose - Fact-finding; participation on panel
Notes - Sister Marsha Cheeks accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Dulles, VA - Cairo, Egypt - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $8,056.00
Lodging Cost - $827.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $430.00
Total Cost - $9,713.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tampa Org of Black Affairs
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement for Martin Luther King holiday
Notes - Personal expenses: 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17. New Orleans-Tampa-Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $896.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,021.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $911.73
Lodging Cost - $360.00
Meal Cost - $79.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - iGates Technologies, Pharma, CitiGroup, Port of New Orleans, General Motors, Coca Cola, GlaxoSmithKline
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Purpose - Participation in the Afro-Brazilian / African American Business Summit (panel discussion leader)
Notes - Detroit, MI - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $9,632.26
Lodging Cost - $1,476.00
Meal Cost - $522.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,630.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - African World Expo
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 28, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Akwa Ibon, Nigeria - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Purpose - Fact finding and trade mission to promote business between the city of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the United States and Nigeria
Notes - Detroit, MI - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Akwa Ibon, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Amsterdam, Holland - Detroit, MI

Travel Cost - $4,197.00
Lodging Cost - $2,500.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost - $900.00
Total Cost - $8,097.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Fact finding issue forums and sessions
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $127.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $304.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Social Security, healthcare, and housing forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $25.53
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $14.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $239.53

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.