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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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Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute - $87,989.40 spent on 81 trips
95.8% spent on Democratic Party
4.2% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,788.86

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Brain Trust
Total Cost - $1,374.00

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - To discuss issues of concern to the mutual caucus - tri-caucus
Total Cost - $3,851.46

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Conference to discuss issues relating to trade with the Caribbean and Africa
Total Cost - $1,291.30

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - to discuss common interests between the members of the CBC, CHC and CAC
Total Cost - $1,196.00

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 14, 2002 - June 15, 2002 (2 days)
Pittsburgh, PA
Purpose - establish priorities for proactive legislative agenda to expand affordable housing and home ownership opportunities
Total Cost - $1,744.50

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - trade policy conference
Total Cost - $513.41

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - educational -- CBC health and environmental justice brain trusts
Total Cost - $585.00

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
April 5, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (4 days)
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Purpose - mental health roundtable
Total Cost - $1,450.52

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - 2003 Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,189.21

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $658.81

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
March 26, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (6 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Luncheon speaker, breakfast speaker, panelist at housing summit
Total Cost - $1,169.36

CLAY, WILLIAM L SR - Democratic Party
April 11, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (7 days)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador
Co-sponsor(s): CitiGroup, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Port of New Orleans, iGATE Technologies, Odebrecht, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc
Purpose - fact finding mission; meetings with government and business officials; conference participant
Total Cost - $8,810.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - trade policy conference
Total Cost - $753.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 14, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (3 days)
Cleveland, OH
Purpose - participant in housing summit/workshop
Total Cost - $1,285.42

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - attend joint listening sessions of CBC health and environmental brain trusts
Total Cost - $833.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Panelist for Southeast Florida Housing Summit
Total Cost - $645.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 1, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Attend CBCF Board of Directors' Retreat in New Orleans, Louisiana
Total Cost - $811.25

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 8, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - trade policy conference
Total Cost - $760.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - BWI/Charlotte/Charleston, SC -- Charleston/Philadelphia/BWI
Total Cost - $722.05

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 13, 2004 - January 14, 2004 (2 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Congressional Black Caucus Educational Meeting
Total Cost - $1,206.90

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
June 15, 2002 - June 17, 2002 (3 days)
Chicago, IL
Purpose - participation in housing conference
Total Cost - $871.00

FROST, MARTIN - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - educational -- Jt. Listening Sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice Braintrusts
Total Cost - $480.00

HASTINGS, ALCEE L - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (2 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-caucus legislative meeting
Total Cost - $1,306.37

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - congressional retreat
Total Cost - $60.40

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hispanic, Asian and Congressional Black Caucus)
Total Cost - $1,234.76

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 1, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (3 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Board member attendance/participation
Total Cost - $132.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational & Trade Policy Conference
Total Cost - $816.00

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - tri-caucus retreat at Lansdowne Resort
Total Cost - $658.81

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
March 4, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (2 days)
Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL
Purpose - Selma's 35th anniversary march
Total Cost - $552.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational trade policy conference
Total Cost - $2,551.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 14, 2002 - June 16, 2002 (3 days)
Cleveland, OH
Purpose - attend CBCF Ohio statewide housing summit
Total Cost - $330.42

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Congressional Conference
Total Cost - $1,566.51

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
March 29, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Panelist/Housing Summit
Total Cost - $1,054.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 10, 2001 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - Trade policy conference
Total Cost - $918.25

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC Health and Environmental Justice brain trusts
Total Cost - $696.50

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $3,000.74

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 8, 2001 - June 11, 2001 (4 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - Educational - Trade Policy Conference
Total Cost - $1,520.75

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $1,811.12

NORTON, ELEANOR HOLMES - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - to participate in the 2003 congressional tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,475.96

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Economic Entrepreneurship and Education advancement
Total Cost - $1,457.33

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - tri-caucus retreat congressional
Total Cost - $2,608.12

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,163.47

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $3,236.04

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 25, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - meeting of the Tri-Caucus
Total Cost - $1,970.90

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
June 7, 2002 - June 9, 2002 (3 days)
Charleston, SC
Purpose - joint listening sessions of CBC health and environmental justice brain trusts
Total Cost - $1,248.58

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tricaucus retreat between CBC, CHC, CAPAC
Total Cost - $1,467.62

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Tri-Caucus retreat between the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American caucus
Total Cost - $3,343.72

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
October 25, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (3 days)
Detroit, MI
Purpose - to attend the CBC Institute-sponsored Democratic presidential debate in Detroit
Total Cost - $250.70

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $1,892.10

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - 2nd annual tri-caucus retreat
Total Cost - $2,335.87

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
January 12, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (4 days)
New Orleans, LA
Purpose - Planning retreat
Total Cost - $1,526.40

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
June 12, 2004 - June 12, 2004 (1 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Panelist - State of African American Male Conference
Total Cost - $617.60

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
December 3, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (2 days)
Oakland, CA
Purpose - Participate in State of the African American Male Conference
Total Cost - $783.28

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
September 25, 2004 - September 25, 2004 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - CBC Child Welfare Brain trust "Child Welfare Forum"
Total Cost - $351.70

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Co-sponsor(s): Sony Music
Purpose - Congressional Tri Caucus retreat
Total Cost - $2,277.58

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
January 11, 2004 - January 13, 2004 (3 days)
Not specified
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost -

MILLENDER-MCDONALD, JUANITA - Democratic Party
August 12, 2004 - August 15, 2004 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - Conference
Total Cost -

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Memphis, TN
Purpose - not specified
Total Cost - $304.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
August 12, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (3 days)
Memphis, TN
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $316.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Greenwood, MI
Purpose - To participate in the Southern Regional Issue Forum
Total Cost - $239.53

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - Conference sessions to provide an opportunity and views on issues in healthcare and education of particular
Total Cost - $217.00

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
MS
Purpose - To discuss Social Security and access and equity in healthcare and housing
Total Cost - $172.03

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Jackson, MS
Purpose - Attend Southern Regional Issue Forum
Total Cost - $239.53

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - To participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Institute's annual conference
Total Cost - $431.00

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Jackson, MS
Purpose - To participate in the Southern Regional Issue forum
Total Cost - $239.53

TOWNS, EDOLPHUS - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Memphis, TN
Purpose - Annual conference
Total Cost - $312.00

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
MS
Purpose - To participate in a bus tour and traveling issue forums on social security, health, and affordable housing
Total Cost - $299.53

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
MS
Purpose - To participate in issue forums concerning health, education, and other issues important to Americans today
Total Cost - $431.00

JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Memphis, TN
Purpose - Share views on issues on healthcare and education pertaining to African Americans
Total Cost - $217.00

CLAY, WILLIAM LACY JR - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - Conference on healthcare and education issues
Total Cost - $431.00

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Jackson, MS
Purpose - This was a regional issue forum designed for constituents to hear from members and discuss issues of concern centered on healthcare, affordable housing, and retirement security
Total Cost - $67.50

MEEK, KENDRICK B - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - Attend CBC Institute forum on public policy and legislative issues
Total Cost - $431.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
not specified
Purpose - Fact finding issue forums and sessions
Total Cost - $304.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
not specified
Purpose - Social Security, healthcare, and housing forum
Total Cost - $239.53

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
South Bend, IN
Purpose - Policy meeting
Total Cost - $143.00

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - To share views on issues in healthcare and education of particular concern to African Americans
Total Cost - $431.00

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Memphis, TN
Purpose - Attend Congressional Black Caucus Institute Conference on healthcare and education
Total Cost - $431.00

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
July 15, 2005 - July 16, 2005 (2 days)
Cleveland, OH
Purpose - Conference examining disparities in healthcare
Total Cost - $874.04

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
August 9, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (6 days)
Tunica, MS
Purpose - To participate in the Southern Regional Issue Forum and workshop focused on healthcare and educational issues of particular concern to African Americans
Total Cost - $713.53

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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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