ERIC Number: ED468886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the California Community College Special Populations Advisory Committee: Recommendations for the State Plan for Vocational Education.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
This paper offers the definition of the term "special populations" that appears in Section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational-Technical Education Act of 1998: (1) individuals with disabilities; (2) individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children; (3) individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment; (4) single parents, including single pregnant women; (5) displaced homemakers; and (6) individuals with other barriers to educational achievement, including individuals with limited English proficiency. The sheer magnitude of special populations in California's community colleges underscores their importance in the state's vocational education future. Current data on California's community college students indicate that there are 444,000 (34%) economically disadvantaged students; 211,000 (18%) single-parent students; 89,000 (7%) limited English proficiency students; and 55,000 (4%) disabled students. Women make up disproportionate percentages of several of the special populations categories, which both reflects and gives rise to continued segregation of occupations by sex. Women still make up 99% of secretaries, 97% of child-care workers, and 77% of cashiers, while they make up only 4% of aerospace engineers, 3% of firefighters, and 3% of CEOs, COOs, and presidents of Fortune 500 companies. This paper details the requirements of the act, including accountability requirements and state and local level requirements explicitly defined in the Perkins Law. (NB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Community Colleges, Disabilities, Displaced Homemakers, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Low Income Groups, Special Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/esed/voced/resources/ library/SAC.SpecialPops.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.