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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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ALEXANDER, LAMAR, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $19,792.15

Average cost per trip - $1,799.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 304 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 13, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Heritage Foundation New Members Orientation
Notes - Costs are actual reimbursement, this is a 2003 form and was signed in 2003, although in 2004 stack

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $225.78
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - April 30, 2004 - May 1, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participate in annual dean's conference, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Notes - Costs are good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $715.70
Lodging Cost - $278.95
Meal Cost - $134.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,129.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Cistercian Preparatory School
Dates - May 15, 2004 - May 16, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes - Costs are actual reimbursement

Travel Cost - $2,758.38
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,758.38

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Newsweek Productions, Inc.
Dates - December 12, 2001 - December 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are 'Amtrak Train Fee from Boston to New York, lodging, car service and airfare from New York to Nashville.'

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - January 1, 2002 - January 1, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Various travel expenses necessary while professor.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are for various travel expenses January 2002 through May 2002.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 24, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Not specified
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure Form - so actual costs not listed. Cost is for "Airfare from Boston to Houston and car service".

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University
Dates - August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MA

Purpose - Various travel expenses necessary while professor.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form - so actual costs not listed. Costs are for travel expenses August 2001 through December 2001.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Congressional conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,523.00
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,843.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance for School Choice
Dates - August 5, 2004 - August 8, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,998.00
Lodging Cost - $538.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,536.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To attend congressional conference on US-Russia-Europe: A Cooperative Effort
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,324.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,329.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Univ of Virginia
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 4, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Speaker at education conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $970.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $970.40

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.