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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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Office of

David Bonior


Total cost of 34 office trips: $66,775.88


Trips by David Bonior
Total cost of congressperson's 21 trips: $29,245.55

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,914.10
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Date: Feb 11, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,554.75
source

Destination: TEANECK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $399.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,725.92
source

Destination: PAKISTAN INDIA KASHMIR
Sponsor: AMERICANS FOR PEACE IN SOUTH ASIA - PAKISTAN ANANT EDUCATION & RURAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION - INDIA KASHMIR
Purpose: EDUCATION FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 21, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $10,265.00
source

Destination: BOSTON - NEWARK - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 17, 2000
Expense: $479.50
source

Destination: DETROIT
Sponsor: Teamsters Union
Purpose:
Date: Jul 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS PAID FOR AIRFARE - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS - HOTEL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $564.06
source

Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 12, 2000
Expense: $415.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Muslim Arab Youth Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Dec 22, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,404.00
source

Destination: DETROIT - LOS ANGELES - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,568.22
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-D.C. - WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W. VA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose:
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: International Union of Operating Engineers
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $168.54
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (IAM)
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $715.85
source

Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS MICHIGAN
Sponsor: National Association of Letter Carriers
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $259.90
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 28, 2001
Expense: $1,447.50
source

Destination: SAGINAW - CHICAGO - DETROIT
Sponsor: Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jul 7, 2001
Expense: $509.00
source

Destination: HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 6, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $258.11
source

Destination: ONAWAY, MICHIGAN (BLACK LAKE)
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $270.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: PAKISTANI ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 20, 2002
Expense: $225.00
source

Destination: DETROIT-LAS VEGAS-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: United Auto Workers
Purpose: SPEAKERS ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $526.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Bonior

Amina Akbar
Edward Bruley
Mary Doroshenk
Sarah Dufendach
Kathleen Gille
Erich Pfuehler
Allison Remsen



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.