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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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    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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TAUSCHER, ELLEN O, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $27,786.80

Average cost per trip - $1,263.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 72 days
Rank of representative - 237 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Annual Spring Retreat and Issues Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Amelia Island, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,011.36
Lodging Cost - $2,088.00
Meal Cost - $1,021.28
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,180.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2003 - April 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL - Tallahassee, FL

Purpose - Meeting with local elected officials affiliated with the DLC
Notes - Washington, DC - Tampa - Tallahassee - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $550.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $885.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - Annual spring retreat and issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Mackinac Island, MI - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $429.60
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $252.11
Other Cost - $30.28
Total Cost - $1,279.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Leader's Project
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Defense issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Jacksonville, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 10, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Meeting with local elected officials affiliated with the DLC
Notes - Washington, DC - Atlanta - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $430.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Leader's Project
Dates - September 27, 2002 - September 29, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Oak, FL

Purpose - Defense issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - White Oak, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $750.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - July 27, 2002 - July 30, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - Meeting with Attorney General and other state officials
Notes - Washington, DC - New York - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost - $216.04
Meal Cost - $457.87
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $873.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - June 16, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - IA

Purpose - Meeting with Attorney General and other state officials
Notes - Washington, DC - Iowa - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $575.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - June 6, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - International "Third Way" meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $999.75
Lodging Cost - $1,213.96
Meal Cost - $349.34
Other Cost - $38.25
Total Cost - $2,601.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 18, 2002 - April 25, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Annual spring retreat and issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $537.07
Lodging Cost - $415.10
Meal Cost - $283.78
Other Cost - $45.34
Total Cost - $1,281.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Participated in forum at Harvard University
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston - Washington, DC

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - February 19, 2002 - February 22, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Meeting with local elected officials affiliated with DLC
Notes - San Francisco - Phoenix - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - February 11, 2002 - February 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Manchester, NH

Purpose - Meeting with local elected officials affiliated with DLC
Notes - Washington, DC - Manchester, NH - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - July 15, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Indianapolis, IN

Purpose - Meeting with elected officials about the DLC
Notes - Atlanta - Indianapolis - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $725.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 30, 2001 - May 30, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - Meeting with elected officials about the DLC
Notes - Oakland - Portland - Oakland

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Annual spring retreat and issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Key Largo, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $967.00
Lodging Cost - $1,089.68
Meal Cost - $872.82
Other Cost - $82.72
Total Cost - $3,012.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Annual spring retreat and issues conference
Notes - San Francisco - New Orleans - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $210.90
Meal Cost - $143.00
Other Cost - $37.60
Total Cost - $741.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 30, 2001 - April 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - NY

Purpose - Meeting with elected officials about the DLC
Notes - Washington, DC - New York - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,150.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 23, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Meeting with elected officials about the DLC
Notes - San Francisco - Atlanta - Jacksonville - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - February 19, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Meeting state and local officials: press tour
Notes - San Francisco - Seattle, WA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $800.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Meeting state and local officials: press tour
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Washington, DC Dates of personal expense: 2

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,900.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Annual Spring retreat and issues conference
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $626.02
Lodging Cost - $850.11
Meal Cost - $289.18
Other Cost - $11.00
Total Cost - $1,776.31

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.