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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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STABENOW, DEBBIE, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $32,760.72

Average cost per trip - $1,724.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 198 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - congressional panel speaker
Notes - meal and lodging together - "continental plan"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $917.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $917.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business and Professional Women International
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 18, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Port Huron, MI

Purpose - banquet speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $98.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $98.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Central Council MI Health and Hospital Association
Dates - May 1, 2001 - May 5, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Gaylord, MI

Purpose - Keynote annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $82.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Orthopaedic Society Conference
Dates - June 16, 2001 - June 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Traverse City, MI

Purpose - To keynote Michigan Orthopaedic Society conference
Notes - Alpena MI - Traverse City, MI - Lansing MI

Travel Cost - $855.63
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 31, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,150.00
Total Cost - $1,630.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional chamber Leadership Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $980.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Democratic Network
Dates - April 12, 2002 - April 13, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attend a 2002 New Democrat Network East Coast Retreat..
Notes -

Travel Cost - $130.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $400.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - May 29, 2003 - May 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend the Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Conference
Notes - Other costs include good faith estimate of food and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $420.00
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,976.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,451.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend a general policy session
Notes -

Travel Cost - $302.45
Lodging Cost - $283.82
Meal Cost - $25.22
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $611.49

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,268.18
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,511.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - June 4, 2004 - June 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes - Other costs include good faith estimate of food and lodging.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $550.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $650.00
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 10, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speaking Engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,090.00
Lodging Cost - $429.00
Meal Cost - $462.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,041.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Assn
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $340.00

Additional family members - NO


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - January 28, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - Speaking
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $595.44
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $595.44
Total Cost - $1,190.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Dates - June 2, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - To attend Detroit Regional Chamber Leadership Policy Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $1,450.00
Total Cost - $2,230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Habitat for Humanity
Dates - June 20, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Benton Harbor, MI

Purpose - Habitat for Humanity home build and speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Townships Assn
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Harbor Springs, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $132.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Assn of Broadcasters
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 22, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mount Pleasant, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $139.00

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.