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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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STUPAK, BART, Democratic Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $50,691.16

Average cost per trip - $5,069.12
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 122 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Group
Dates - February 10, 2000 - February 14, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Keystone, CO

Purpose - policy conference regarding electric industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $811.00
Lodging Cost - $463.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,374.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.
Dates - May 27, 2001 - June 4, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, England - London, England

Purpose - Informational trip to learn about nuclear energy, nuclear waste disposal and nuclear plant decommissioning.
Notes - spouse Laurie Stupak accompanied.

Travel Cost - $12,780.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,080.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Williams Co.
Dates - October 25, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tulsa, OK

Purpose - fact finding visit of Williams Co., energy industry.
Notes - Spouse Laurie Stupak accompanied - desitination not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,766.36
Lodging Cost - $292.42
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,079.78

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Association of Counties
Dates - August 20, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Harbor Springs, MI

Purpose - speaking engagement for annual MAC dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $180.51
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 19, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Laurie Stupak. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,125.00
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $849.84
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $2,892.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Issues conference
Notes - Laurie Stupak, spouse-Other expenses are for a blanket.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $283.82
Meal Cost - $214.42
Other Cost - $30.28
Total Cost - $528.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - DLC Spring Retreat - Issues and Policy Conference
Notes - other expenses for golf and $30 DLC

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $813.32
Other Cost - $155.00
Total Cost - $3,023.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Center
Dates - February 18, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Keystone, CO

Purpose - Keystone Energy Board Conference - discuss energy bill and proposed reforms
Notes - spouse - Laurie Stupak

Travel Cost - $1,692.08
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,732.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France

Purpose - Tour of Spanish and French nuclear facilities and discussions with industry officials
Notes - Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France - Green Bay, WI Including spouse Personal Expenses: 5/30 - 6/1

Travel Cost - $13,518.52
Lodging Cost - $2,307.96
Meal Cost - $3,952.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $19,778.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - JFK School of Government Harvard Univ
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Congressman: Atlanta, GA - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Aventura, FL - Green Bay, WI Mrs. Stupak: Green Bay, WI - Ft Lauderdale - Aventura, FL - Green Bay, WI Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,488.50
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $1,082.60
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,976.32

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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.