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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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    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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SESSIONS, JEFFERSON B, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $18,315.13

Average cost per trip - $1,144.70
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 321 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ditchley Foundation, Oxfordshire, UK
Dates - March 10, 2000 - March 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - England

Purpose - conference on International Action on Illegal Drugs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $346.50
Lodging Cost - $569.25
Meal Cost - $297.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $1,322.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Defense Industry Association, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Space & Missile Defense Assoc, Air Defense Artillery Association
Dates - August 23, 2000 - August 23, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - speech to space and missile defense conference
Notes - Mobile, AL - Huntsville, AL - Mobile, AL

Travel Cost - $1,700.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AAA Cooper Transportation Inc.
Dates - April 21, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orange Beach, AL

Purpose - to get to Orange Beach, AL
Notes - To speak to Alabama Truckers Association meeting. Birmingham, AL to Orange Beach, AL

Travel Cost - $365.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Samford
Dates - May 26, 2001 - May 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - speech at Stamford University
Notes - Washington, DC to Birmingham, AL

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $650.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Heritage Foundation Conference/Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,745.00
Lodging Cost - $103.16
Meal Cost - $557.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,405.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alabama Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Dates - April 4, 2002 - April 4, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Gadsden, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - meeting of AEC
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,370.65
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,370.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Council of Alabama
Dates - August 25, 2002 - August 26, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - To speak and participate in Business Council of Alabama's annual legislative conference
Notes - Other expenses include registration, meals and reception costs

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $138.04
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $800.00
Total Cost - $938.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - September 30, 2002 - September 30, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Tour of Lockheed-Martin Courtland facility
Notes - got to Huntsville by automobile. Huntsville, AL - Washington DC

Travel Cost - $661.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $661.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Republican senators working retreat
Notes - at Greenbrier Resort

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $597.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 3, 2003 - January 5, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speak at awakening conference
Notes - Awakening is at PO Box 19177, Atlanta, GA 31126

Travel Cost - $1,473.00
Lodging Cost - $625.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,098.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - November 14, 2003 - November 16, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Plam Beach, FL

Purpose - Annual issues conference participant
Notes - Center is at 4401 Wilshre Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $692.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $552.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,760.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 9, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Speak and participate at Awakening Conference
Notes - At The Cloisters, Awakening is at 3455 Peachtree Rd. NE - Meals included lodging

Travel Cost - $1,171.40
Lodging Cost - $748.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,919.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 13, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Participate in Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Faith and Politics Institute is at 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 304, Washington DC 20002

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $793.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Attend Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Grand Opening ceremony
Notes - Washington, DC - Montgomery, AL

Travel Cost - $575.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman Corp
Dates - June 27, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Huntsville, AL

Purpose - Ground breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Huntsville
Notes - Washington, DC - Huntsville, AL Flew on their plane so reimbursement is first class equivalent

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman Corp
Dates - October 24, 2005 - October 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mobile, AL

Purpose - Ground-breaking ceremony for Northrop Grumman facility in Alabama
Notes - Mobile, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $580.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $580.00

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.