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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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RAHALL, NICK J II, Democratic Party
West Virginia

Total number of trips - 35
Total cost of trips - $67,085.66

Average cost per trip - $1,916.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 126 days
Rank of representative - 78 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - SMC3
Dates - January 18, 2000 - January 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak at annual dinner meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $133.00
Lodging Cost - $100.44
Meal Cost - $40.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - March 10, 2000 - March 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Speak at rally
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 13, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Town Hall meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Government of Qatar
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose -
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 7, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $325.00
Lodging Cost - $345.00
Meal Cost - $69.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $739.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,267.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,267.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nazir Hussain
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 16, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speech to Syrian Arab Association, Southern California
Notes -

Travel Cost - $316.75
Lodging Cost - $135.22
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $451.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 10, 2000 - February 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speak at meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,459.00
Lodging Cost - $241.65
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - August 4, 2000 - August 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,313.00
Lodging Cost - $336.86
Meal Cost - $49.85
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,699.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - September 2, 2000 - September 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $912.66
Meal Cost - $153.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,066.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - January 31, 2002 - February 5, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $202.50
Lodging Cost - $331.50
Meal Cost - $57.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $591.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 25, 2002 - May 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in panel discussion
Notes - used own car for travel. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $405.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $405.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation
Dates - April 5, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Doha, Qatar - Lebanon - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - speak at the Qatari American conference and fact finding
Notes - no expenses for lodging or meals were listed on the original form. A separate form was filed that included lodging expense for April 11.

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,140.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Egypt's International Economic Forum
Dates - April 12, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cairo, Egypt

Purpose - congressional fact finding
Notes - lists total transpiration expenses as $250 for a flight Washington DC to Cairo, Egypt.

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 22, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Participate in the NFC's retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.41
Meal Cost - $174.47
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $573.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - August 4, 2001 - August 7, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at conference
Notes - Lists total transpiration expenses as $100 for a flight Washington DC to San Diego.

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $548.16
Meal Cost - $72.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $720.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in CSX business challenge
Notes - lodging expenses includes dinner and breakfast

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $617.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $617.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Coolfont Foundation for the Arts and Environment
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Berkeley Springs, WV

Purpose - speak
Notes - Meals included in lodging

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $228.50
Lodging Cost - $404.10
Meal Cost - $38.75
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $671.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Industrial Minerals Association-North America
Dates - April 27, 2003 - April 28, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,022.50
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,342.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Institute
Dates - October 18, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $301.00
Lodging Cost - $86.11
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $437.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - speak
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,229.74
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,229.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Dates - January 30, 2003 - February 3, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $474.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $64.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swiss Foundation for World Affairs
Dates - November 30, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Geneva, Switzerland

Purpose - to attend the Public Commitment of the Geneva Accords
Notes - Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $3,946.00
Lodging Cost - $408.25
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,354.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Idaho Falls, ID

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Had to stay extra day due to airport closings

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $425.00
Meal Cost - $295.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,220.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Union of Operating Engineers
Dates - April 7, 2003 - April 7, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $152.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $2.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.46

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - July 31, 2003 - August 4, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speak at meeting of National Motor Freight Traffic Association
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $23.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intelligent Transportation Systems of America
Dates - April 26, 2004 - April 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - panel discussion participation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $204.31
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $949.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - CSX Corporation
Dates - May 29, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - participate in CSX Challenge Panel Discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,040.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,040.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Washington National - Palm Beach, FL and return

Travel Cost - $787.90
Lodging Cost - $2,072.00
Meal Cost - $615.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,474.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Motor Freight Traffic Assn
Dates - July 29, 2004 - August 2, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Washington Dulles - San Diego, CA and return

Travel Cost - $419.80
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,044.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Natl Motor Freight Traffic Assn
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 7, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - Washington National - Tucson, AZ roundtrip

Travel Cost - $307.90
Lodging Cost - $640.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $947.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose - Participate in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable and U.S.-German Roundtable
Notes - Washington Dulles - Paris, France - Stuttgart, Germany - Liechtenstein

Travel Cost - $6,560.40
Lodging Cost - $3,732.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,692.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - CSX Inc
Dates - May 27, 2005 - May 30, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Speech - CSX Business Challenge Session
Notes - Washington, DC - White Sulphur Springs, WV Including spouse Dates of personal expense: 1 day (No Travel Expenses) *Children attended but not at expense of sponsor*

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,342.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,342.94

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Tank Truck Carriers
Dates - August 4, 2005 - August 5, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Transportation not provided

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $236.73
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $236.73

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.

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