The Special Populations Office provides student-centered comprehensive support services and events that promote equity, enhance the educational experience, foster success, and contribute to the economic self-sufficiency of students who are members of special populations.
Special Populations Categories
Special populations refers to students who meet the criteria for at least one of the following categories:
- Individuals with disabilities: An individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
- Individuals who are economically disadvantaged: A credit-hour student who is a needs-based financial aid recipient of Pell or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
- Individuals in non-traditional career programs: Non-traditional occupations are those in which one gender makes up less than 25% of the total number of workers. (See Nontraditional Careers section)
- Single parents: An individual who is not married and has custody of and is responsible for the care of one or more minor children, or an individual who is not married and is currently pregnant.
- Individuals unemployed or underemployed
- Individuals with limited English proficiency: An individual whose native language is a language other than English.
- Homeless individuals
- Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
- Youth with parents on active duty in the armed forces
Services are available to students who are economically disadvantaged, special needs populations, single parents, displaced homemakers, dislocated workers, and those enrolled in non-traditional careers. Services are also available for students with limited English proficiency. Available services include:
- Assistance with book purchases through the Lending Library (based on availability of funds)
Lending Library Information
Lending Library Application
- Assistance with classroom accommodations
- Career guidance and assessments
- Student resource guides and referral information
- Identification of resources to meet student needs
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) defines nontraditional occupations as those that employ less than 25% of males or females. Students enrolled in programs that are nontraditional for their gender are identified as “under-represented gender students in non-traditional programs.”
View a complete listing on Nontraditional Programs
Promoting nontraditional career opportunities opens doors for every individual and breaks the mold of expectations in an atmosphere free from stereotypes of gender and jobs. SRTC provides support services to special population students including non-traditional majors in an effort to alleviate barriers that hinder successful completion of courses and employment.
Connie Barrett, Retention Coordinator
Thomasville Campus, A-270
Career Services Coordinator
Darbie Avera, Student Navigator
Moultrie Veterans Parkway, A-136
Gloria Lowe, Student Navigator
Thomasville Campus, A-263