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1 1 MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DEANS PERKINS INSERVICE March 12 & 13, 2008 Dan Woodward, Consultant Community College Services Unit

2 2 THE IMPACT OF PERKINS IV ON SPECIAL POPULATIONS Highlights of New Changes New Non-Trad Listing New Special Pops Categories Developmental Programs New Programs and Providing Services Students with Disabilities Attendance Cost Guidelines MOSPA How to Bridge Communications at the Community College

3 3 NEW CHANGES Section 114: Program Performance Information High-Skill/High-Wage/High-Demand careers for special populations. Major Emphasis

4 4 NEW CHANGES Listing put together by Rhonda Burke. Section 113: Accountability Information on the levels of performance achieved by the State with respect to the additional indicators of performance, including levels of performance for special populations.

5 5 NEW CHANGES Section 118: Occupational and Employment Information Provide academic and career and technical education for faculty, career guidance and administrators to assist students, ESPECIALLY special populations to opportunities.

6 6 YOUR APPLICATION / PLAN (New Changes) Section Review how to overcome barriers for special populations. Provide programs that are designed to enable special populations to meet core indicators.

7 7 YOUR APPLICATION/PLAN (New Changes) Provide activities for occupations that will lead to self-sufficiency. Describe how special population students will not be discriminated against besides of status.

8 8 SPECIAL POPULATION CATEGORIES You must describe your program strategies for special populations listed in Section 3(29) of the Act: -- Individuals with disabilities; -- Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children;

9 9 SPECIAL POPULATION CATEGORIES -- Individuals preparing for non-traditional fields; -- Single parents, including single pregnant women;

10 10 SPECIAL POPULATION CATEGORIES -- Displaced homemakers; -- Individuals with Limited English Proficiency.

11 11 DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS What is allowable? Can Perkins funds be used for remedial educational services for special populations? Perkins IV redefines career and technical education in Section 3(5) as: organized educational activities that- (A) offer a sequence of courses that- (iii) may include prerequisite courses (other than remedial courses) that meet the requirements of this subparagraph; and...

12 12 DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS What is allowable? However, the legislative history of the Act indicates that funds may be used for supportive services (e.g. transportation, child care, tutoring) that would be necessary for special populations to succeed in the program. Academically disadvantaged students are no longer defined as special populations.

13 13 DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS AND ACADEMICALLY DISADVANTAGED CATEGORY Removal of Academic Disadvantages Category – Steps: Alert staff and let them know of it Update forms and eliminate the category Update any database fields and input screens indicating academically disadvantaged.

14 14 DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS AND ACADEMICALLY DISADVANTAGED CATEGORY Determine what students you have in the academically disadvantaged category. Determine what students could fit into another category. Economically, non-trad, and individuals with a disability should be your top three. Work with your college to get them to still provide services with general fund money.

15 15 PROVIDING SERVICES Can Perkins funds be spent only on special populations if they are enrolled in Career and Technical Education? Section 2 of the Act requires that activities supported with federal funds benefit students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.

16 16 PROVIDING SERVICES Historically, the U.S. Department of Education has interpreted this provision to permit outreach, recruitment and other informational types of services on career technical education to students, including special population students, that might consider participation in career technical education.

17 17 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Main Categories Learning Disability Emotionally Impaired -These are usually the highest percentage Hearing Impaired Visually Impaired Orthopedically Impaired Traumatic Brain Injury Educable Mentally Impaired Attention Deficit Disorder Autistic Other Impairment

18 18 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES The Conferees recognize that special populations, including single parents and displaced homemakers, may need direct assistance to be able to participate successfully in career and technical education.

19 19 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES These supportive services include such services as transportation, child care, dependent care, tuition, books, and supplies and other services necessary to enable an individual to participate in career and technical education activities.

20 20 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Consistent with administrative guidance and prior interpretations of the Perkins Act, the Conferees believe that eligible agencies and eligible recipients should retain the flexibility to provide direct assistance to special populations under certain, limited conditions.

21 21 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Funds must be used to supplement, not supplant assistance that is otherwise available from non- Federal sources, and assistance may only be provided to an individual to the extent that it is needed to address barriers to the individuals successful participation in career and technical education.

22 22 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Can Perkins funds be used to provide supportive services (child care, transportation, tuition assistance, books, materials, uniforms and other financial assistance) to special populations who are enrolled in career and technical education?

23 23 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Yes, although supportive services were not defined or mentioned in Perkins III and are again not defined in Perkins IV, current practice under Perkins III as supported by U.S Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education Program Memorandum (available at 3.html) is to allow states and locals to determine if Perkins funds are to be spent on supportive services. Additional supporting statements to continue with practice can also be found in the congressional conference report available at bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2006_record&docid=cr25jy pdf. 3.html bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2006_record&docid=cr25jy pdf

24 24 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Many local programs rely on Perkins funds to provide these supportive services to those special population students who are not eligible or able to receive these services through other programs to ensure their full participation in career and technical education.

25 25 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Can you use Perkins funds for special populations not enrolled in career and technical education but who are participating in outreach, recruitment, guidance, counseling or prerequisite educational services in preparation for enrolling in a career and technical education program? Yes, the U.S. Department of Education has allowed this activity as a permissive use of funds as part of programs for special populations.

26 26 ATTENDANCE COSTS PERKINS GUIDELINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROCEDURES Can Local Education Agencies spend Perkins funds on permissive uses of funds and not on required uses of funds? Yes, only if they are able to prove that all nine required uses of funds are being met with funds other than Perkins funds.

27 27 MOSPA The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association Formed in 1975 to improve opportunities while giving support to career technical students with special needs. The purpose of MOSPA is to provide professional development opportunities and updated information on issues regarding special population students at the secondary and post secondary levels. MOSPA can provide an established network, influence in numbers, promotion of goals important to the profession, conferences, and newsletters. Membership is open to coordinators, administrators, tech prep personnel, paraprofessionals, employers, counselors, curriculum supervisors, educators and outside agencies that are directly or indirectly involved in giving an individuals need special attention.

28 28 MOSPA Met Friday, October 26, 2007, at Trends Met with post secondary people Determined that we needed a sub group for post secondary Created a listserv Discussed political representation Discussed an annual post secondary inservice

29 29 ~ HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP ~ SPECIAL POPS COMMUNICATIONS AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES Colleges are somewhat loosely coupled. Sometimes the ability to translate contextual concepts into practice. Coordinators were surveyed and there was a belief that… Some administrators dont see the value; They felt out of the loop; No interest in the complexity of student services; That they have to ask often; That more dialog was needed; That more collaboration was needed. It is a two way street. Suggestions for improvement??


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