What are Nontraditional Careers?
Nontraditional careers is generally defined by federal legislation and more specifically identified by the California Department of Education (CDE). The current list of California's nontraditional careers for secondary and adult education is shown in the resource below, “Nontraditional Careers List for California.” The major issues related to success in pursuing nontraditional careers are:
- Awareness of the need for equity in education for both men and women
- Recruitment processes that provide adequate exposure and information
- Training that assures equity in the classroom and addresses job retention
- Placement after secondary and adult education that reflects the students' nontraditional career goals
The CDE support for nontraditional careers is primarily delivered through: a free online course, Nontraditional Careers for Educators 101 ; regional workshops and annual statewide leadership training, via the CDE and Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges partnership, the Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC); and sporadically funded secondary regional partnerships to provide related staff training. Also, there is the SERVE (Sex Equity Resources in Vocational Education) Library that lends resources related to special populations, including nontraditional careers, to educators and others at no cost. National leadership for states related to nontraditional careers is available to the CDE from the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity.