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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

  • 09.11.14

    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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    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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Trips sponsored by

Congressional Black Caucus


Total cost of 97 trips: $105,602.59


Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: 2001 DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ISSUES CONFERENCE AT NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS IN FARMINGTON, PA
Date: Feb 3, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $400.00
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: BOARD MEMBER ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $132.00
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: CBCF (CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION) BOARD OF DIRECTORS' RETREAT
Purpose: ATTEND CBCF BOARD OF DIRECTORS' RETREAT IN NEW ORLEANS, LA
Date: Jun 1, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $811.25
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $816.00
source

Traveler: Corrine Brown (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO TRADE WITH THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICA
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,391.30
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $513.41
source

Traveler: Deron Roberson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $692.36
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: DOUBLETREE HOTEL CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $760.00
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,520.75
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON, SC TO NORFOLK, VA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $918.25
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: CHARLESTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,551.00
source

Traveler: Barvetta Singletary (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $583.75
source

Traveler: Andrea Martin (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CHARLESTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $816.00
source

Traveler: Yelberton Watkins (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $766.64
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - TRADE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 8, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $753.00
source

Traveler: Wm. Lacy Clay (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $658.81
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT AT LANSDOWNE RESORT IN LEESBURG, VA
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $658.81
source

Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination:
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002
Expense: $299.00
source

Traveler: Corrine Brown (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: ALEXANDRIA, VA TO LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS COMMON INTERESTS BETWEEN THE MEMBERS OF THE CBC, CHC & CAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,196.00
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: CAPITOL TO LANSDOWNE RETREAT CTR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002
Expense: $60.40
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CBC, THE CHC AND THE CAPAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,422.08
source

Traveler: Martin Frost (from the office of Martin Frost)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JT. LISTENING SESIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRON. JUSTICE BROWN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $480.00
source

Traveler: Sanford Bishop (from the office of Sanford Bishop)
Destination: CHARLESTON
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH-ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAIN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,374.00
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $585.00
source

Traveler: Deron Roberson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $756.00
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: JACKSON, MS, CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,112.00
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: CHARLOTTE/CHARLESTON SC-CHARLESTON/PHILADELPHIA
Purpose: ATTEND AND SPEAK AT CDC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST/EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $722.05
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,248.58
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENV. JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $696.50
source

Traveler: Davis Marshall (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATION-JOINT LISTENING SESSION, CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $761.00
source

Traveler: Jennie Chaplin (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: ATTEND CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUST
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $944.50
source

Traveler: Kenny Barnes (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATION - JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $770.00
source

Traveler: Dalton Tresuant (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $862.00
source

Traveler: Hope Derrick (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING, SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $966.00
source

Traveler: Robert Nance (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination:
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,180.00
source

Traveler: Carole Smith (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL BRAIN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $820.00
source

Traveler: Charlene Lowery (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATION - JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $581.00
source

Traveler: Barvetta Singletary (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $944.30
source

Traveler: Michele Dash (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $944.50
source

Traveler: Sarah Birch (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,066.00
source

Traveler: Andrea Martin (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL - JOINT LISTENING SESSION OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,066.00
source

Traveler: Isaac Williams (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: CHARLESTON, S.C.
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL BRAIN TRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $635.00
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: COLUMBIA, SC TO CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: ATTEND JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $833.00
source

Traveler: Patrice Willoughby (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: CLEVELAND
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $443.13
source

Traveler: Nikia Graster (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: CLEVELAND
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Jun 13, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $443.13
source

Traveler: Corrine Brown (from the office of Corrine Brown)
Destination: WASHINGTON - PITTSBURG - CLEVELAND
Purpose: ESTABLISH PRIORITIES FOR A PROACTIVE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO EXPAND AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,747.50
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: CLEVELAND
Purpose: OHIO STATEWIDE HOUSING SUMMITT
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $295.42
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO CLEVELAND, OH TO COLUMBIA, S.C.
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN HOUSING SUMMIT/WORKSHOP
Date: Jun 14, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,285.42
source

Traveler: Barney Frank (from the office of Barney Frank)
Destination: CLEVELAND - CHICAGO
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN HOUSING CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $871.00
source

Traveler: Brian Modeste (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Purpose: MEETING
Date: Jul 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,922.82
source

Traveler: Wm. Lacy Clay (from the office of William Clay)
Destination: ORLANDO, FLA.
Purpose: LUNCHEON SPEAKER, BREAKFAST SPEAKER, PANELIST AT HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Mar 26, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,169.36
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Purpose: PANELIST FOR SOUTHEAST FLORIDA HOUSING SUMMIT
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $645.00
source

Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: Cleveland, Orlando, DC
Purpose: Panelist/Housing Summitt
Date: Mar 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,054.00
source

Traveler: Krista Atteberry (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,567.80
source

Traveler: Xavier Becerra (from the office of Xavier Becerra)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PUERTO RICO - LOS ANGELES
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,788.86
source

Traveler: Maxine Waters (from the office of Maxine Waters)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OHIO TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: MEETING OF THE TRI-CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,970.90
source

Traveler: Sanford Bishop (from the office of Sanford Bishop)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE MUTUAL CAUCUS-TRI CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,851.46
source

Traveler: Paul Brathwaite (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: ATTEND WORKING RETREAT WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN, BLACK, AND HISPANIC CAUCUSES
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,361.01
source

Traveler: Jewel James (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,296.06
source

Traveler: Doug Thornell (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,536.65
source

Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: EWR-SJU-EWR
Purpose: ECONOMIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP & EDUCATION ADVANCEMENT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.33
source

Traveler: Isabel Cruz (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: NEWARK - SAN JUAN - NEWARK
Purpose:
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.33
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,343.72
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: OAKLAND-SAN JUAN, PR-LOS ANGELES
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,000.74
source

Traveler: Myat Khaing (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,340.60
source

Traveler: David Wu (from the office of David Wu)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,892.10
source

Traveler: Julie Tippens (from the office of David Wu)
Destination: SAN JUAN PR
Purpose: TRZ-CAUCUS MEETINGS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,549.96
source

Traveler: Eddie Bernice Johnson (from the office of Eddie Bernice Johnson)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,980.60
source

Traveler: Bobby Scott (from the office of Bobby Scott)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,163.47
source

Traveler: Donna Christian-Christensen (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: PUERTO RICO
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,189.21
source

Traveler: Alcee Hastings (from the office of Alcee Hastings)
Destination: SAN JUAN
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,306.37
source

Traveler: William Jefferson (from the office of William Jefferson)
Destination: SAN JUAN, P.R.
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT (HISPANIC, ASIAN & CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS)
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,234.76
source

Traveler: Albert Wynn (from the office of Albert Wynn)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Purpose: 2ND ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,365.87
source

Traveler: Bennie Thompson (from the office of Bennie Thompson)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $3,236.04
source

Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,811.12
source

Traveler: Julia Hudson (from the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,475.96
source

Traveler: Eleanor Holmes Norton (from the office of Eleanor Holmes Norton)
Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,475.96
source

Traveler: Melvin Watt (from the office of Mel Watt)
Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CBC INSTITUTE SPONSORED DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $250.70
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: PLANNING RETREAT
Date: Jan 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,526.40
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS EDUCATIONAL MEETING
Date: Jan 13, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,200.90
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Purpose: STATE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $328.70
source

Traveler: Joyce Postell (from the office of Kendrick Meek)
Destination: ST. THOMAS AIRPORT
Purpose: ATTENDED A MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION IN ST. THOMAS. PARTICIPATED IN TOWN HALL MEETING ON MENTAL HEALTH
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,040.42
source

Traveler: Deron Roberson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: MIAMI-ST. THOMAS-INDIANAPOLIS
Purpose: MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.52
source

Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: MIAMI-ST. THOMAS-INDIANAPOLIS
Purpose: MENTAL HEALTH ROUNDTABLE
Date: Apr 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,450.52
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Purpose: PANELIST-STATE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 12, 2004
Expense: $617.60
source

Traveler: Danny Davis (from the office of Danny Davis)
Destination: DALLAS, TX TO OAKLAND, CA
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN STATE OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $783.28
source

Traveler: Britt Weinstock (from the office of Donna Christian-Christensen)
Destination: CLEVELAND, OH
Purpose: ATTENDED-THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAIN-TRUST ON MINORITY HEALTH
Date: Jul 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $824.42
source

Traveler: Elijah Cummings (from the office of Elijah Cummings)
Destination: MISSISSIPPI
Purpose: TO DISCUSS SOCIAL SECURITY AND ACCESS AND EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE AND HOUSING
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $172.03
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: JACKSON, MI - GREENWOOD, MI
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL ISSUE FORUM
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $239.53
source

Traveler: Jaime Harrison (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: JACKSON, MS TO MEMPHIS, TN
Purpose: TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY ON THE ISSUES OF SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,171.14
source

Traveler: James Clyburn (from the office of James Clyburn)
Destination: COLUMBIA, SC-JACKSON, MS-WASHINGTON, DC
Purpose: ATTEND SOUTHERN REGIONAL ISSUE FORUM
Date: Aug 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $239.53
source

Traveler: Marti Doneghy (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: JUNIER-WASH, DC
Purpose: OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION OF PARTICULAR CONCERN TO AFRICAN AMERICANS
Date: Aug 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $267.00
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Traveler: Stephanie Tubbs Jones (from the office of Stephanie Tubbs Jones)
Destination: TUNICA, MS
Purpose: SESSIONS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY AND VIEWS ON ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION OF PARTICULAR
Date: Aug 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $387.00
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Traveler: Donald Payne (from the office of Donald Payne)
Destination: MEMPHIS
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Date: Aug 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $304.00
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Traveler: Adairius Gardner (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: TUNICA
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Date: Aug 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $217.00
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Traveler: Julia Carson (from the office of Julia Carson)
Destination: TUNICA
Purpose: HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION ISSUES OF CONCERNS TO AFRICAN AMERICANS
Date: Aug 12, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $217.00
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Traveler: Gregory Meeks (from the office of Gregory Meeks)
Destination: MEMPHIS
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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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