To assure accountability for services to special populations, including students pursuing nontraditional occupations, in programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act and Workforce Investment Act.
- Provide statewide professional development and resources to support nontraditional training programs and services to students in special populations.
- Allocate funding for training-of-trainers in gender equity and nontraditional occupations in local school districts and online.
- Market and promote CDE equity publications such as Mariposa, Images, Visions, and Encuentros.
- Expanded career possibilities for students through support of programs that help recruit and retain students in training program for occupations that are nontraditional for their gender.
- Helped students to be successful in nontraditional programs through the creation of positive classroom environments, encouragement of parent, peer and employer support, and efforts to support continuous program improvement.
- Assisted LEAs to work with business and industry to help place students in meaningful, self-sufficient careers.
- Increased focus on all aspects of special populations needs in career-technical education through statewide leadership, professional development and technical assistance to local education agencies.
Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act leadership funds ($150,000 per year shared with California Community Colleges).
These programs serve all Career-Technical Education students, but especially those classified as Special Populations under Perkins III, including:
- Individuals with disabilities;
- Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children;
- Individuals preparing for non-traditional training and employment;
- Single parents, including single pregnant women;
- Displaced homemakers; and
- Individuals with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency.
- Approximately 150 K-12 educators attend regional professional development sessions, workshops and conferences each year. Attendees receive a variety of resources to support nontraditional training programs.
- Several hundred Taking the Road Less Traveled toolkits have been disseminated in regional workshops and other training venues.
The Special Populations Program is administered by:
California Department of Education
Career and College Transition Division
Regional Occupational Centers and Programs and Workforce Development Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 4503
Sacramento, CA 95814
Education Programs Consultant