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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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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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.

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Office of

Kendrick Meek


Total cost of 35 office trips: $116,722.28


Trips by Kendrick Meek
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $75,107.75

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $22,254.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DELHI, INDIA TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: INDIAN DEFENSE & SECURITY ISSUES & IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING
Date: Apr 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $17,596.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSS MILITARY DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $10,876.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA-CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Purpose: HOSPICE CARE RECEPTIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Sep 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,028.41
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,433.00
source

Destination: TURKS AND CAICOS
Sponsor: Turks and Caicos Peoples National Party
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTION
Date: Aug 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,631.00
source

Destination: ST KITTS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 9TH ANNUAL MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL-CHAPEL HILL, NC-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH ON "PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE" TO NEW STRATEGIES FOR SOUTHERN PROGRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,422.17
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL-MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH AND POLITICS INSTITUTE-NOTE: MEMBERS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE PAID 1,000 OF EXPENSES FOR MEMBER AND SPOUSE AND THE ENTIRE COSTS OF 2 CHILDREN
Purpose: PURPOSE OF 7TH CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA WAS TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH BY VISITING HISTORICAL LOCATIONS AND DISCUSSING HISTORY WITH VARIOUS LEADERS
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,710.00
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORANGEBURG, SC MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Claflin University
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN WAS THE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY'S GRADUATION CEREMONY ON SATURDAY MAY 14,2005
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $992.84
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORLANDO, FL MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS PAID FOR HOTEL ROOM. VALUED SERVICES, LLC PAID FOR PLANE TICKET, TRANSPORTATION & MEALS
Purpose: SERVE AS A PANELIST ON DISCUSSION "THE FUTURE OF PAYDAY ADVANCE" AT THE NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS SUMMIT
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $922.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC.-DESTIN, FL-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN MODERATED A GENERAL SESSION AT THE NAACP LEADERSHIP 500 SUMMIT IN DESTIN, FL
Date: May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.40
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: 100 Black Men of America and affiliates
Purpose: PANELIST ON WORKSHOP AT THE 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,774.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CHICAGO, IL-NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $821.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kendrick Meek

Tasha Cole
Sabrina Nawalrai
Joyce Postell
John Schelble
Clarence Williams



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

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 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.