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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.

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    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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TAUZIN, WILBERT J II, Republican Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 32
Total cost of trips - $59,539.21

Average cost per trip - $1,860.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 83 days
Rank of representative - 95 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ziff-Davis Company (Comdex)
Dates - April 19, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $260.41
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $114.78
Total Cost - $900.19

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Automobile Dealers Association
Dates - February 2, 2000 - February 4, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,685.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,935.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - November 17, 2000 - November 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,160.00
Lodging Cost - $59.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,261.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - conference
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $734.12
Meal Cost - $315.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,149.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - January 21, 2000 - January 21, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - tax reform debate
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ALTV
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - conference
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost - $2,894.00
Lodging Cost - $640.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,534.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Television Program Executives
Dates - January 25, 2000 - January 27, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $640.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $640.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - May 7, 2000 - May 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,477.00
Lodging Cost - $165.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $1,662.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bell South
Dates - June 18, 2000 - June 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - conference/keynote speaker
Notes - took son, Michael Tauzin

Travel Cost - $1,350.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $1,890.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 14, 2000 - January 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - tour facility - fact-finding trip
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin; ''other" is for ground transportation for rep and wife

Travel Cost - $848.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost - $330.00
Total Cost - $1,218.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cahners Publishing
Dates - March 6, 2000 - March 6, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - took son, Michael Tauzin

Travel Cost - $810.00
Lodging Cost - $426.39
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $1,298.39

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Viacom Inc.
Dates - September 8, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost - $536.00
Lodging Cost - $1,131.40
Meal Cost - $388.00
Other Cost - $371.50
Total Cost - $2,426.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - March 30, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - conference
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost - $2,362.00
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $690.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,377.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost - $2,337.50
Lodging Cost - $927.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,264.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Telecom Association
Dates - February 19, 2000 - February 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - leadership roundtable
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $638.17
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $938.17

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - SBC Telecommunications, Inc.
Dates - January 7, 2000 - January 10, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Tour Pacific Bell network operations center as an educational fact-finding trip
Notes - took wife, Cecile Tauzin

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $340.20
Meal Cost - $141.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $481.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Houston Partnership
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Business Roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $28.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $43.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - conference
Notes - Spouse Cecile Tauzin accompanied. No travel costs are specified.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $841.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
Dates - February 19, 2001 - February 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Menlo Park, CA

Purpose - technology conference
Notes - Spouse Cecile Tauzin accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $363.00
Meal Cost - $118.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $481.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Entergy
Dates - June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - other costs are not specified

Travel Cost - $4,347.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,522.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Instinet LLC
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meeting with CEO and executives of Instinet regarding legislative issues before the Energy and Commerce Committee
Notes - Spouse Cecile Tauzin accompanied

Travel Cost - $438.00
Lodging Cost - $340.00
Meal Cost - $191.30
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $969.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Viacom Inc.
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - meetings regarding National Ownership cap and program access
Notes - Spouse Cecile Tauzin accompanied

Travel Cost - $307.53
Lodging Cost - $347.62
Meal Cost - $23.05
Other Cost - $3.00
Total Cost - $681.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Pebble Beach, CA

Purpose - Speaker at a summit meeting of key leaders in refining, power, chemical and petroleum industry
Notes - Son John Tauzin accompanied, Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,202.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,867.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dee Dot Timberlands
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - roundtable regarding retail food industry
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,300.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $48.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,408.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Dates - May 4, 2002 - May 7, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - conference speaker
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,009.00
Lodging Cost - $1,030.80
Meal Cost - $146.48
Other Cost - $324.00
Total Cost - $2,510.28

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Power and Light
Dates - June 30, 2002 - July 2, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - fact-finding trip on renewable energy, utility operations and deregulation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,246.50
Lodging Cost - $587.62
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,034.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Competitive Enterprise Institute
Dates - January 3, 2002 - January 6, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Angelo, TX

Purpose - forum on wildlife management and oil and gas production
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,920.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,295.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Grocery Manufactories of America
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech at executive conference
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,379.44
Meal Cost - $69.77
Other Cost - $11.65
Total Cost - $1,460.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Winn Dixie Stores Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2003 - April 6, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Roundtable regarding country of origin labeling
Notes -

Travel Cost - $900.00
Lodging Cost - $60.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Dates - March 27, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Conference speaker
Notes - Cecile Tauzin, spouse-other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,732.00
Lodging Cost - $644.19
Meal Cost - $558.50
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $4,234.69

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Dates - March 16, 2003 - March 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Speaker, annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,168.21
Lodging Cost - $419.71
Meal Cost - $155.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,743.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - September 28, 2003 - September 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Marathon, FL

Purpose - Roundtable symposium speaker on Clean Water Act & Energy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,131.25
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,520.25

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.