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Non-traditional Careers and Special Populations

OSSE uses federal Perkins Grant funds to support programs, services, and activities preparing students for employment in high skills, high wage careers that are nontraditional for members of their gender (i.e., that reflect a gender imbalance of 75/25 or greater in the labor market). The US Department of Labor (DOL) defines  non-traditional careers/occupations as jobs in which one gender makes up less than 25 percent of the total number of workers in that occupation/career.  Although the vast majority of jobs are unrelated to gender, women workers are concentrated in just a few occupations due to socialization, tradition, and discrimination.

To learn about  labor market information for the District of Columbia and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division please visit the District of Columbia, Department of Employment Services.

OSSE also uses Perkins funds to  ensure that individuals who are members of special populations are provided with full and equal access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, services, and activities, and are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the high skills, high wage, or high demand careers of the competitive 21st century global labor market. 

By regulation, members of special populations include:

  • individuals from economically disadvantaged families, (including foster children)
  • individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment
  • individuals with disabilities
  • single parents and single pregnant women
  • displaced homemakers
  • English language learners

Other District populations with special needs include:

  • adults in need of training or retraining;
  • youth at risk of dropping out of school or becoming unemployed upon graduation, (including homeless students)
  • school dropouts; and,
  • individuals in correctional institutions

Following are links to some of the available resources; for more information and/or technical assistance, please contact: Dr. Chad E. Kee, Civil Rights, Methods of Administration (MOA) & Gender Equity Coordinator at (202) 741-0279 or [email protected]

Non-Traditional Careers for Students, Guidance Counselors, Staff, Parents, and Community

Strategies for Diversity, Recruitment  & Retainment of  students in non-traditional careers

Men in Nursing     

Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

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