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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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    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

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    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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SESSIONS, PETE, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $69,781.46

Average cost per trip - $4,652.10
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 75 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Association
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Address to ABA LLAC Annual Meeting
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Juanita Sessions. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $505.00
Lodging Cost - $3,100.00
Meal Cost - $16.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,621.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bostson, MA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - Other expense for thank-you gift. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dallas/Ft. Worth Association of Chinese Professionals
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 31, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Xian, China - Beijing, China - Baoji, China

Purpose - meet with business and government leaders to promote cooperation and strong relations between our countries
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,415.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,290.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Vision America
Dates - August 23, 2001 - August 23, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - deliver speech to annual awards budget
Notes -

Travel Cost - $182.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $182.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Swailes & Co.
Dates - March 19, 2001 - March 19, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - speech to the energy security council concerning legislation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $187.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $187.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 23, 2001 - January 24, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - spoke on panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,649.50
Lodging Cost - $265.91
Meal Cost - $48.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,963.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - May 24, 2002 - May 29, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to facilitate mutual understanding and improved bilateral relations with China
Notes - spouse Juanita Sessions accompanied - other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $17,425.74
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $240.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $18,465.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia

Purpose - Malaysian effort on terrorism, trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,000.00
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados

Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Notes - spouse, Juanita Sessions accompanied. Other costs not specified and disclosed on form as 0 - $90 figure is only on attached memo from Inter-American Economic Council.

Travel Cost - $4,236.00
Lodging Cost - $1,659.15
Meal Cost - $278.52
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $6,263.67

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - March 23, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - child, Bill Sessions, other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $7,200.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $9,200.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Dairy Foods Association
Dates - January 18, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - speak on congressional panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $630.00
Lodging Cost - $598.16
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,570.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 13, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - learn about market structure and other regulatory issues facing securities markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $318.05
Lodging Cost - $337.19
Meal Cost - $148.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $803.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - NAFTA conference and binational congressional retreat
Notes - with spouse Juanita

Travel Cost - $1,915.14
Lodging Cost - $822.42
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,737.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Stanford, CA

Purpose - view research in Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's. Stanford University Medical Center, CA
Notes - with spouse Juanita - both he and spouse began unofficial trip portion early at own expense

Travel Cost - $1,879.20
Lodging Cost - $130.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,089.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Notes - Washington - Republica Dominicana - St Johns, Antigua and back to DC. [assumed city]

Travel Cost - $4,583.40
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $1,653.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,161.97

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

  • 09.11.14

    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.