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Career Education Status of Special Populations in Nebraska Public Secondary Schools and Community Colleges (January 2009)

This report is one component of a research project to examine barriers to success for Special Populations in Nebraska Career Education programs at the secondary and postsecondary levels and to identify opportunities and strategies to overcome these barriers.  The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires Nebraska to continue to focus on the performance of Special Populations in career education.  Special Populations, as defined by Perkins IV, include English Language Learners (including migrant students), students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged (including foster students), single parents/ displaced homemakers, and students in programs that are non-traditional for their gender.

In initiating this research study, the Nebraska Department of Education recognized that there are career education disparities for Special Populations in the state, and that progress in meeting the career education goals for these groups has been inadequate.  This report summarizes current data on the career education status of Special Populations in Nebraska: first, for those groups that are considered to have educational disadvantages, and then for students pursuing career paths that are nontraditional for their gender.

The results of this survey contributed to the development of the project strategic plan:  Overcoming Barriers to Career Education for Special Populations: A Strategic Plan for Nebraska, 2009.  The other companion research reports for this project are Career Education Plans and Obstacles: A Survey of 9th and 12th Grade Nebraska High School Students, 2009; and Career Education Plans and Obstacles: A Survey of Nebraska Community College Students, 2009. 

To access this report, Career Education Status of Special Populations in Nebraska Public Secondary Schools and Community Colleges, click here.

The project strategic plan, Overcoming Barriers to Career Education for Special Populations: A Strategic Plan for Nebraska, can be downloaded in its entirety here.

A document summarizing the key findings of both studies can be accessed here.