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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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JEFFORDS, JAMES M, Independent Party
Vermont

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $43,623.78

Average cost per trip - $2,908.25
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 149 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Educational Finance Group
Dates - February 4, 2000 - February 6, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - keynote speaker on higher education lending issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $836.50
Lodging Cost - $246.00
Meal Cost - $18.53
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,101.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - conference on education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,081.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,214.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - July 29, 2001 - August 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,485.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,765.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Western Milk Producers
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lake Tahoe, NV

Purpose - attend dairy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $139.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $204.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Globe USA
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Conference on clean technologies and alternative energy as ways of reducing gas emissions and addressing global climate change
Notes - amount includes lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $325.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Beach Education Partnership Seamless Education
Dates - June 21, 2001 - June 24, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Long Beach, CA

Purpose - To attend conference on education
Notes - Indicates amounts are estimates.

Travel Cost - $2,112.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,202.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harlem Business Alliance
Dates - December 6, 2002 - December 8, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Attend and speak at "Profiles in Courage" Awards
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $1,100.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,334.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
Dates - February 21, 2002 - February 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,302.00
Lodging Cost - $1,012.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Transportation Research Board
Dates - October 27, 2002 - October 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speech to transportation group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,204.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,204.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Society for Ethical Culture in the City of New York
Dates - March 8, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual awards ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.00
Lodging Cost - $274.67
Meal Cost - $73.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $681.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc.
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To attend/speak at annual meeting and conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $381.21
Meal Cost - $475.07
Other Cost - $39.00
Total Cost - $895.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Attend JFK School of Government/The Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,425.50
Lodging Cost - $881.40
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,382.90

Additional family members - Yes


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 - Mrs. Jeffords accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,925.50
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,168.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,721.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,341.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Int'l Policy
Dates - April 29, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - To encourage greater trade with the State of Vermont and to investigate the current political and economic status of Cuba
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,050.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,450.00

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.