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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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REYES, SILVESTRE, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $15,911.33

Average cost per trip - $1,988.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 23 days
Rank of representative - 349 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Destination not specified - accompanied by spouse Carolina Reyes - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $8,550.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - League of United Latin American Citizens
Dates - June 4, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - to deliver a speech during 72nd Annual Convention
Notes - America West voucher valued at 600 0 cost to LULAC; lodging valued at 59/night, 0 cost to LULAC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX - El Paso, TX

Purpose - to deliver a speech at the Latino Vote 2001 banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $843.25
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $972.25

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to attend the 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals; spouse: Cablina Reyes

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $950.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - fact finding and educational
Notes - under trans costs, written 609.19+60=669.19 for member and spouse. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,338.38
Lodging Cost - $679.80
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,498.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industrial Council
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - fact-finding and educational
Notes - Ground transport $175 included in transportation cost.

Travel Cost - $1,577.50
Lodging Cost - $506.00
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,338.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Purpose - to learn about unresolved murders of girls and women in Ciudad Juarez, which borders with El Paso, TX.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $60.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $212.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $272.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Air Force Sergeants Assn
Dates - August 2, 2005 - August 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - To speak at Air Force Sergeants Association where he was awarded AFSA's Mendel Rivers Award of Legislative Excellence
Notes - El Paso - Dallas - El Paso

Travel Cost - $330.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $330.40

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.