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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

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Office of

Bennie Thompson


Total cost of 43 office trips: $102,729.35


Trips by Bennie Thompson
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $61,869.59

Destination: HAVANA
Sponsor: CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS FOUNDATION & THE GENERAL SERVICE FOUNDATION
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 30, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,648.00
source

Destination: BRIEFING & TOUR W/ NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, UNITED NATIONS
Sponsor: THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, & THE HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,018.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AIRLINE/AT&T/MICROSOFT
Purpose: TO ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS & TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,203.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS, CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,112.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: ISLAMIC FREE MARKET INSTITUTE FOUNDATION/UNIVERSITY OF QATAR
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $16,480.00
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS TO CINCINNATI, OH FROM CINCINNATI, OH TO CHICAGO FROM CHICAGO OHARE, IL BACK TO WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 6, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,672.18
source

Destination: DCA-MSP-POLLACK-MSP-JACKSON/MS
Sponsor: Dairy Farmers of America
Purpose: INFORMATION/AGRICULTURAL/CRP UPDATE
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,881.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,236.04
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (WIFE) MEMPHIS, TN (MEMBER)
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: A BIPARTISAN RETREAT ON FAITH AND HEALING FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SPOUSES
Date: Jan 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,544.38
source

Destination: PUNTA CANA, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA; ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA; JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLICA & ANTIGUA
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS - SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL COOPERATION WITH THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Date: Jan 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,331.10
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE CONDITION OF THE RAILROAD SYSTEMS AND EXAM THE CURRENT TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES BY THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY OFFICIALS. IN ADDITION TO DISCUSS SUCH ISSUES AS ECONOMIC REGULATIONS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, TAX PROPOSALS AND RAIL SAFETY AND SE
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $4,029.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - LAS VEGAS, NV - NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE MARITIME TRADE DEPARTMENT
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $1,038.90
source

Destination: JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Catfish Farmers of America
Purpose: FEATURED SPEAKER FOR THE 2005 CATFISH FARMERS OF AMERICA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Feb 25, 2005
Expense: $441.97
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - COLUMBUS, OH - JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK MAYORS
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A TOWN HALL MEETING TO GIVE A LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON TOBACCO ISSUES
Date: Apr 30, 2005
Expense: $524.54
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - NEWARK, NJ - BILOXI, MS
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: TO PARTICIPANT IN A SEMINAR ENTITLED "THE 109TH CONGRESS" AND PROVIDE UPDATE INFORMATION ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES IN FOREIGN TRADE, TAXES, AND THE ECONOMY
Date: May 6, 2005
Expense: $831.60
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHOENIX, AZ - JACKSON, MS
Sponsor: Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Purpose: TO SPEAK ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Date: May 28, 2005
Expense: $1,260.30
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: CUBA BUSINESS FACT FINDING
Date: May 31, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,298.26
source

Destination: NEWARK, DE
Sponsor: United Church of Christ
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO PROVIDE A LEGISLATION UPDATE AT THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST-CENTRAL ATLANTIC ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 11, 2005
Expense: $99.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, INC.
Purpose: TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES RELATED TO HEALTHCARE
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,057.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Bennie Thompson

I Lanier Avant
Carla Buckner
Christopher Espy
Steve Gavin
Todd Gee
Constance Olivia Harvey
Jessica Herrera
Calvin Humphrey
Minnie Langham
Marsha Mccraven
Sue Ramanathan
Walter Vinson
Timla Washington



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.