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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.

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.

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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THOMPSON, FRED, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $33,904.12

Average cost per trip - $2,608.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 189 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Mass Retail Association
Dates - January 22, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,701.95
Lodging Cost - $1,567.14
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $148.00
Total Cost - $11,417.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SRI International, Atomic Tangerine, Forbes ASAP
Dates - May 8, 2000 - May 9, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,842.00
Lodging Cost - $353.62
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,220.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 12, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pigeon Forge, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $958.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dennis Miller Live
Dates - July 6, 2000 - July 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - to appear on Dennis Miller Live July 7
Notes - $260 for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,458.50
Lodging Cost - $125.45
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,843.95

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina School of the Arts
Dates - November 10, 2000 - November 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Winston-Salem, NC

Purpose - to participate in the National Conference on Ethics in Filmmaking
Notes -

Travel Cost - $935.00
Lodging Cost - $359.37
Meal Cost - $96.94
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,391.31

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 5, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,223.50
Lodging Cost - $1,435.50
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,709.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bethlehem Center
Dates - March 30, 2001 - March 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chattanooga, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $727.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $727.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute World Forum
Dates - July 22, 2001 - July 24, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes - travel provided by executive branch

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $320.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $480.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - First Farmers and Merchants Bank
Dates - October 12, 2001 - October 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ASCAP
Dates - October 18, 2001 - October 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - ASCAP Event
Notes -

Travel Cost - $426.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for the Study of Popular Culture
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 3, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Restoration Weekend and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,895.00
Lodging Cost - $235.00
Meal Cost - $109.65
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,239.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - USA Today
Dates - October 12, 2002 - October 14, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - debate at USA Today forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,773.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - June 21, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - to moderate and participate in panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,000.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,692.00

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.