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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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    A 21st-century vocational high school

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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    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.

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.

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MEEK, KENDRICK B, Democratic Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $28,500.75

Average cost per trip - $1,781.30
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 229 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Dates - September 22, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - hospice care receptions and meetings
Notes - meals incidental at receptions

Travel Cost - $1,792.57
Lodging Cost - $235.84
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,028.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Issues retreat
Notes - Kendrick Meek - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL Washington, DC (return to DC with son Kendrick)

Travel Cost - $684.00
Lodging Cost - $2,784.00
Meal Cost - $905.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,433.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Carib News
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 7, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Kitts and Nevis

Purpose - 9th annual Multi-National Business Conference
Notes - Miami - St Kitts - St Kitts - Miami

Travel Cost - $620.00
Lodging Cost - $460.00
Meal Cost - $235.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,315.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Turks & Caicos Peoples Natl Party
Dates - August 5, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Turks and Caicos Islands

Purpose - To attend the People's National Party convention
Notes - 8/5 Miami - Turks and Caicos 8/8 Turks and Caicos - Miami

Travel Cost - $2,156.00
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,631.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Univ of North Carolinas Program on Southern Politics -Media & Public Life
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chapel Hill, NC

Purpose - Deliver speech on "Perspectives on Governance" to New Strategies for Southern Progress Conference
Notes - Tampa, FL - Chapel Hill, NC - Miami, FL *$50 of meal expense paid for by Center for American Progress

Travel Cost - $942.69
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost - $169.48
Total Cost - $1,423.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Purpose of 7th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march by visiting historical locations and discussing history with various leaders
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Washington, DC Note: Member campaign committee paid $1000 of expenses for member and spouse and the entire costs of 2 children

Travel Cost - $1,860.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $520.00
Other Cost - $248.00
Total Cost - $2,896.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Committee's responsibilities and, in the process, improve the working environment of the Committee and the working relationship among its members
Notes - Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Valued Services LLC
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 21, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Serve as a panelist on discussion "The Future of Payday Advance" at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Orlando, FL - Miami, FL National Black Caucus of State Legislators paid for hotel room. Valued Services, LLC paid for plane ticket, transportation, and meals.

Travel Cost - $638.66
Lodging Cost - $220.09
Meal Cost - $63.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $922.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clafin Univ
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orangeburg, SC

Purpose - Congressman was the commencement speaker at Clafin University's graduation ceremony on Saturday May 14, 2005
Notes - Washington, DC - Orangeburg, SC - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $816.60
Lodging Cost - $170.64
Meal Cost - $5.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $992.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NAACP
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 29, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Destin, FL

Purpose - The Congressman moderated a general session at the NAACP leadership 500 Summit in Destin, FL
Notes - Washington, DC - Destin, FL - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $790.30
Lodging Cost - $455.10
Meal Cost - $106.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,351.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - 100 Black Men of America Inc
Dates - June 9, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Panelist on workshop at the 100 Black Men of America's Annual Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $833.80
Lodging Cost - $265.90
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost - $625.00
Total Cost - $1,774.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Participate in 3rd Annual Tri-Caucus Health Forum
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $335.40
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $26.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $821.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jackson, MS

Purpose - This was a regional issue forum designed for constituents to hear from members and discuss issues of concern centered on healthcare, affordable housing, and retirement security
Notes - Washington, DC - Jackson, MS - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $7.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $67.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Angel Flight Southeast (Dr. Kenneth Stahl & Dennis Haber)
Dates - September 11, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gulfport, MS

Purpose - Survey damage done by Hurricane Katrina and the government's response
Notes - Miami, FL - Gulfport, MS - Miami, FL

Travel Cost - $960.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $960.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tunica, MS

Purpose - Attend CBC Institute forum on public policy and legislative issues
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Tunica, MS - Miami, FL (Rep Meek) Miami, FL - Tunica, MS- Miami, FL (Mrs. Meek & kids) Note: Wife & children roomed with Member. Member personally paid children expenses. Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $431.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Carib News
Dates - November 10, 2005 - November 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - St Thomas, VI

Purpose - Served on panels discussing business and government relations with various business, government, and non profit entities of the Caribbean region
Notes - Washington, DC - St Thomas, VI - Washington, DC Meals and travel of children were paid at Member's expense Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,402.00
Lodging Cost - $1,025.00
Meal Cost - $522.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,049.00

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

  • 09.17.14

    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.