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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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SANDERS, BERNARD, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $25,914.40

Average cost per trip - $1,727.63
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 250 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Southern California Americans for Democratic Action
Dates - April 7, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To speak at ADA conference and participate in conference meetings
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Jane Sanders - Other expenses were car rental and hotel parking

Travel Cost - $715.00
Lodging Cost - $390.42
Meal Cost - $43.00
Other Cost - $114.93
Total Cost - $1,263.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Georgetown University Child Development Center
Dates - June 9, 2000 - June 12, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - To speak at/participate in Training Institutes 2000 with Georgetown University
Notes - Accompanied by wife Jane Sanders - other expenses for cab fare

Travel Cost - $743.71
Lodging Cost - $191.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $23.00
Total Cost - $958.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New England Booksellers Association
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - to speak at the New England Booksellers Association Trade Show and Conference on the Patriot Act and civil liberties
Notes -

Travel Cost - $223.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $223.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Los Angeles County Bar Association Entertainment Law Section
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to speak at Lawyer's conference
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-taxi cab

Travel Cost - $2,218.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $2,368.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Library Association
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Toronto, Canada

Purpose - to speak about library legislation at the Joint American Library Association and Canadian Library Association Conference
Notes - other-transportation includes taxi, car service and airfare

Travel Cost - $1,198.57
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,198.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - November 13, 2003 - November 18, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - El Paso, TX - Juarez, Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - to study effects of trade policy and attended meetings with officials and a number of community leaders
Notes - spouse, Jane Sanders, other-entertainment

Travel Cost - $4,419.34
Lodging Cost - $552.75
Meal Cost - $786.28
Other Cost - $64.20
Total Cost - $5,822.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - November 8, 2003 - November 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To speak and participate on panels at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI.
Notes - This was filed under Rep. Bill Shuster tab

Travel Cost - $798.00
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $898.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - May 30, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, VT

Purpose - participation in panel discussions at book expo convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $522.50
Lodging Cost - $252.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $824.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Notes - Departed Washington, DC 3/18 - arrived Berlin, Germany 3/19 - day trip to Brussels, Belgium on 3/22 - stayed in Frankfurt, Germany from 23rd to 24th

Travel Cost - $1,899.10
Lodging Cost - $1,521.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $740.00
Total Cost - $4,960.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Institute of Technology
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To serve as speaker at Cal Tech event
Notes - San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse Member paid for his spouse's airline ticket out of pocket

Travel Cost - $270.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $270.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ Stock Market
Dates - April 3, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ Leadership Summit - Dialogue / meeting between business leaders from the NASDAQ listed community and government officials
Notes - Burlington, VT - Miami, FL - Burlington, VT. Personal Expense: 4/5 to 4/8 Including spouse. [Amended to reduce amounts]

Travel Cost - $2,924.60
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,931.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith College
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 26, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hartford, CT

Purpose - To serve as keynote speaker at Smith College Event
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Hartford, CT

Travel Cost - $430.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Free Press
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Speaker, National Conference for Media Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - St Louis, MO - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $345.40
Lodging Cost - $184.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $619.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Initiative for Media Policy Research
Dates - May 10, 2005 - May 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Champaign, IL

Purpose - Speaker, Media Reform Conference
Notes - New York - Champaign, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $409.90
Lodging Cost - $70.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $479.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Booksellers Assn, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Dates - June 3, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To address the Booksellers Foundation
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Burlington, VT

Travel Cost - $580.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $86.00
Total Cost - $666.90

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.