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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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Office of

Carolyn Kilpatrick


Total cost of 29 office trips: $119,210.30


Trips by Carolyn Kilpatrick
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $58,904.77

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Jan 8, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $7,570.00
source

Destination: MENLO PARK, CA-REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: AT&T; MICROSOFT & AMERICAN AIRLINES
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS AND TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,594.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK
Purpose: SPEAK ON TWO PANELS
Date: Apr 4, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,735.88
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO NEW YORK, NY (ROUND TRIP)
Sponsor: NYSE / THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $992.42
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Tom Joyner Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM THINK TANK
Date: May 25, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $5,850.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING; PARTICIPATION ON PANEL
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA-TAMPA, FL-WASHINGTON D.C.
Sponsor: TAMPA BAY ORGANIZATION OF BLACK AFFAIRS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,021.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.73
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRASIL
Sponsor: IGATES TECHNOLOGIES, PHARMA, CITIGROUP, PORT OF NEW ORLEANS, GENERAL MOTORS, COCA COLA, GLAXOSMITHKLEIN
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE AFROBRASILIAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN BUSINESS SUMMIT (PANEL DISCUSSION LEADER
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,630.74
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-AKWA IBON, NIGERIA-AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Sponsor: African World Expo
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND TRADE MISSION TO PROMOTE BUSINESS BETWEEN THE CITY OF DETROIT, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE UNITED STATES AND NIGERIA
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $8,097.00
source

Destination: DULLES, VA-CAIRO, EGYPT-DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: American Arab Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 19, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,713.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick

Harold Boyd
Gene Fisher
Khalil Munir
Asi Ofosu
Shiraz Panthaky
Trenace Richardson
Kimberly Rudolph
Jamal Simmons
Deborah Willig



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.

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