Eligibility for Services
A Special Populations student is a person who, through a formal assessment, has been deemed as being one of the following:
Individual with a Disability – Section 504defines a person with a disability as a person:
- with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
- who has a record of the disability, OR
- who is regarded as having the disability
Nontraditional Training and Employment Participant – An individual enrolled in an occupational program that is considered nontraditional for his/her gender as determined by National Labor Statistics and State Year End Program enrollment data. These occupations or fields of work generally include careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging high skill occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of individuals employed in each occupation or field of work.
Single Parent, Including Single Pregnant Woman – An individual who:
- Is unmarried or separated from a spouse, and has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody, or
- Is unmarried or separated from a spouse and is pregnant.
Displaced Homemaker – An individual who is under-employed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining employment or upgrading employment and:
- Has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; or
- Has been dependent upon the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or
- 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 two years after the date on which the parent applies assistance under this Title.
Individual with Limited English Proficiency – An adult who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and
- Whose native language is a language other than English: or
- Who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language; and
- Who by reason thereof, has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language so as to deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in the classrooms where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.
In addition to being an occupational student and falling into one of the above mentioned categories, the Special Populations student is also one who:
- Required special services and/or assistance in order to successfully complete an occupational program, and
- Has an Education Development Plan (EDP) on file in the Special Services Office
- Has the ability to benefit (i.e. has demonstrated that he/she is capable of successfully completing his/her educational objectives/coursework).