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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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CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 34
Total cost of trips - $63,080.74

Average cost per trip - $1,855.32
Total number of days spent traveling - 61 days
Rank of representative - 85 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Third Way Foundation
Dates - March 24, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - retreat/conference. White Oak
Notes - Lodging costs include meals

Travel Cost - $1,446.00
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,246.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 8, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - convention speech
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $2,081.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,081.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - October 29, 2001 - October 29, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Buffalo, NY - Binghamton, NY

Purpose - Official fact-finding travel.
Notes - Buffalo, NY - Binghamton, NY - Dulles

Travel Cost - $1,031.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Civil Service Employees Association
Dates - November 4, 2002 - November 4, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albany, NY

Purpose - speaking to unions/CSEA event. White Plains, NY -Albany - White Plains, NY
Notes - White Plains, NY - Albany - White Plains, NY

Travel Cost - $850.45
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.45

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - June 22, 2002 - June 22, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - fact-finding travel. Rochester, NY - New York City
Notes -

Travel Cost - $388.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 27, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - fact-finding travel
Notes - New York, NY - Dublin, Irl - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $4,998.90
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,048.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - February 22, 2002 - February 24, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - fact-finding travel
Notes - Newark - Israel - New York

Travel Cost - $2,926.70
Lodging Cost - $466.19
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,392.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - MSNBC
Dates - November 20, 2002 - November 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Plains, NY

Purpose - Travel for appearance on MSNBC
Notes - Albany, NY - White Palms, NY

Travel Cost - $216.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $216.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Wine and Grape Foundation
Dates - October 15, 2002 - October 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pennyan, NY

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Pennyan, NY - White Plains, NY

Travel Cost - $1,061.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,061.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sallie Mae
Dates - February 21, 2002 - February 21, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - fact-finding travel. White Plains, NY - Rochester, NY - Laguardia
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,117.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,117.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America
Dates - October 5, 2002 - October 15, 2002 (11 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speech to convention
Notes - BWI - Las Vegas, NV - BWI

Travel Cost - $2,722.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,722.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Rochester
Dates - October 11, 2002 - October 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Rochester, NY - White Plains, NY

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Betty Ford Center
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wellesley College
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 21, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wellesley, MA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,168.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,168.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tata Consultancy Services
Dates - March 10, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Buffalo, NY

Purpose - company visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $778.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $778.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connecticut Democratic Party
Dates - April 29, 2003 - April 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Southington, CT

Purpose - speech
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Corning Inc.
Dates - April 29, 2003 - April 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Corning, NY

Purpose - site visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,366.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,366.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - January 30, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Binghamton, NY

Purpose - briefing and tour
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Roger Altman / New Jobs New York
Dates - February 2, 2004 - February 2, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, NY

Purpose - conference and speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $298.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $298.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - German Media Prize
Dates - February 13, 2005 - February 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Germany

Purpose - Speech
Notes - Germany - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $8,947.00
Lodging Cost - $1,740.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,687.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 23, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Albany, NY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Dulles, VA - Albany, NY - Teterboro, NJ

Travel Cost - $520.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $520.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Roger Altman New Jobs New York
Dates - June 7, 2004 - June 7, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Syracuse, NY

Purpose - Conference and speech
Notes - White Plains, NY - Syracuse, NY - White Plains, NY

Travel Cost - $1,654.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,654.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lockheed Martin
Dates - January 28, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Binghamton, NY

Purpose - Official announcement
Notes - White Plains - Binghamton - White Plains, NY

Travel Cost - $410.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Roger Altman New Jobs New York
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Buffalo, NY

Purpose - Conference and speech
Notes - White Plains, NY - Buffalo, NY

Travel Cost - $437.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $437.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - India Today
Dates - February 23, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Speech and official meetings
Notes - Pakistan - New Delhi, India - White Plains, NY

Travel Cost - $5,388.00
Lodging Cost - $3,300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,688.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William Jefferson Clinton Foundation
Dates - November 17, 2004 - November 20, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Little Rock, AR

Purpose - Opening of Presidential Library
Notes - Washington - Little Rock, AR - Washington

Travel Cost - $1,396.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,896.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Weekend
Dates - December 30, 2004 - December 31, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Speech and seminars
Notes -

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William Jefferson Clinton Foundation
Dates - November 12, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - Meetings and dinner for WJC Presidential Library
Notes - New York - California - New York

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tufts Univ
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Lecture
Notes - New York - Boston - New York

Travel Cost - $880.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $880.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Agnes Scott College
Dates - May 13, 2005 - May 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $94.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $303.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Feinberg Foundation
Dates - June 17, 2005 - June 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speech
Notes - White Plains, NY - Boston

Travel Cost - $468.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $468.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Panetta Institute
Dates - June 28, 2004 - June 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,396.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,396.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - July 25, 2005 - July 25, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speech
Notes - DC - Columbus, OH - DC

Travel Cost - $698.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $698.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - William J Clinton Foundation
Dates - September 17, 2005 - September 17, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech / panel discussion
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,250.00

Additional family members - No

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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.

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.