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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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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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NORWOOD, CHARLES W, Republican Party
Georgia

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $25,942.56

Average cost per trip - $2,161.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 38 days
Rank of representative - 249 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Georgia Dental Association
Dates - July 28, 2000 - July 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Took wife Gloria Norwood

Travel Cost - $790.00
Lodging Cost - $334.00
Meal Cost - $170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,294.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Dental Association
Dates - May 18, 2000 - May 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - TN

Purpose - to address their members
Notes - no destination listed. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $793.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Dental Association
Dates - August 16, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose -
Notes - No purpose specified - accompanied by spouse Gloria Norwood

Travel Cost - $4,414.00
Lodging Cost - $546.12
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,060.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Reliant Energy
Dates - December 26, 2001 - December 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Breakfast briefing and hunting excursion
Notes -

Travel Cost - $691.50
Lodging Cost - $84.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of North Carolina Dental School
Dates - May 20, 2001 - May 20, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chapel Hill, NC

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes - No location specified - accompanied by spouse Gloria Norwood

Travel Cost - $1,377.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $28.62
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,406.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Lung Association, American Thoracic Society
Dates - May 18, 2002 - May 20, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Serve as Plenary Speaker
Notes - accompanied by spouse Gloria Norwood

Travel Cost - $2,333.00
Lodging Cost - $238.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,671.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - attend cable 2002 convention, speech at public policy lunch
Notes - accompanied by spouse Gloria Norwood. [assumed destintion]

Travel Cost - $1,968.00
Lodging Cost - $1,030.80
Meal Cost - $751.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,750.19

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brown University Public Policy Forum
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 5, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Providence, RI

Purpose - speech
Notes - other expenses include taxi. Brown University

Travel Cost - $1,565.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $1,595.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rhode Island Medical Association
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Providence, RI - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - RIMS conference-keynote speech
Notes - Spouse, Mrs. Gloria Norwood-speaker's gift, public transportation-other

Travel Cost - $1,851.00
Lodging Cost - $378.56
Meal Cost - $106.43
Other Cost - $88.40
Total Cost - $2,424.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Dental Association
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speak at ADA Annual Meeting
Notes - Spouse, Mrs. Gloria Norwood accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,364.00
Lodging Cost - $1,072.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,436.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - participate in Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse, Mrs. Gloria Norwood accompanied. Other costs are for conference jacket and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $1,177.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $979.47
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,516.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
Dates - June 5, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - 2004 Public Service Award
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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.