The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 requires that states and local districts address the needs of special population students and students in non-traditional occupations.
Special population students are defined as:
1. Individual with a Disability: The term "individual with a disability" means an individual with any disability as defined in Sec. 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Under Sec. 3(2) of ADA, the term "disability" means, with respect to an individual: (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such impairment.
2. Economically Disadvantaged: Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children.
3. Single Parents: The term "single parents" includes single pregnant women.
4. Displaced Homemaker: An individual who—
a. has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family and for that reason has diminished marketable skills;
b. has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or
c. is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under this Title; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
5. Individual with Limited English Proficiency: A secondary school student, an adult, or an out-of-school youth, who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and:
a. whose native language is a language other than English; or
b. who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language.
6. Nontraditional Fields: Occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.
At BRCC, our nontraditional fields include:
Men in Accounting Technology
Women in Construction Management
Women in Process Technology
Women in Science Technology
Men in Nursing
Men in Sonography
Women in Avionics