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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.
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    The troubled history of vocational education

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  • 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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WARNER, JOHN WILLIAM, Republican Party
Virginia

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $8,295.70

Average cost per trip - $754.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 17 days
Rank of representative - 453 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - College of William and Mary
Dates - May 14, 2000 - May 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - speak at commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Blacksburg, VA

Purpose - speak at commencement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $651.00
Lodging Cost - $156.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $857.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mosbacher Energy Companies, TMPower Ventures
Dates - August 14, 2000 - August 14, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Church, VA

Purpose - keynote speaker and dedicate Commonwealth Chesapeake Power Station
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Government Relations Council
Dates - October 19, 2001 - October 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - To participate and be keynote speaker for the Annual business Government Relations Council meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $700.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Dates - November 11, 2001 - November 12, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - Veterans Day speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $574.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Norfolk Sports Club
Dates - April 6, 2002 - April 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Norfolk, VA

Purpose - keynote address for sports club annual jamboree -- Va. Outstanding collegiate coach
Notes - one-way travel provided because no commercial flight available. Norfolk, VA -- Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Town of Smithfield, Virginia
Dates - September 28, 2002 - September 28, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Smithfield, VA

Purpose - Airplane provided by the Town of Smithfield to participate in their 250th Birthday (official at parade and remarks)
Notes - Smithfield, VA - Winchester, VA

Travel Cost - $1,200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Virginia Independent College Foundation
Dates - July 12, 2002 - July 12, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Hot Springs, VA

Purpose - to deliver keynote speech to the Va. Independent College Foundation "Evening of Excellence" and receive award
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Plaza Hotel
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Accepting an award from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.00
Meal Cost - $201.92
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $426.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Emory and Henry College
Dates - May 14, 2004 - May 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Emory, VA

Purpose - To deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $170.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $170.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin Corp
Dates - April 11, 2005 - April 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Suffolk, VA

Purpose - Tour new facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $216.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $216.90

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.