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Special Populations Program

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What does program do?

The Perkins IV Special Populations (Pops) Program is designed to help qualified individuals get started towards earning a college degree, diploma or certificate, by providing the additional support needed in order to be successful. Support may include the following:

  • Book Lending
  • Transportation Expense
  • Childcare Expense
  • Career Counseling
  • Mentoring
Who qualifies?

In order to qualify for benefits in the Perkins IV Special Populations programs, individuals must be from a Economically Disadvantaged Family and meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Individual with Disabilities
  • Individual preparing for Non-Traditional Fields
  • Single Parent, including Pregnant Women
  • Displaced Homemakers
  • Individual with Limited English Proficiency
How do I get started?

The first step to participating in the Special Populations Program is to see if you fit any of the criteria listed above.  Once you determine that you meet one of the qualifications, you should complete and submitting the application below.

Click here for Application

The Special Pops Program involves two separate phases.

  • During the first phase, qualified candidates will receive counseling about various careers and have the opportunity to explore a variety of job fields. Individuals will attend workshops and meetings, and meet with faculty members and students to talk one-on-one about different areas of instruction at Northeastern Technical College.
  • During the second phase, qualified students will enroll in one of Northeastern Technical College's academic programs, with the goal of gaining job skills needed and their degree, diploma or certificate. Programs include Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs, such as, Business, Technology, Health and Public Services, and more. Programs not included are A.A., A.S., and Continuing Education programs.


Who is a single parent?

A single parent is defined as someone who is unmarried, or legally separated from a spouse, and has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody.

Who is a homemaker?

A homemaker is defined as a person who is an adult and who has worked as an adult primarily without remuneration (payment) to care for the home and family, and for that reason has minimal job skills.

What's a nontraditional career?

A non-traditional career is defined as one where more than 75 percent of the workforce is of the opposite gender - or conversely, where fewer than 25 percent of the workforce is your gender.

Eligible programs at NETC for women:
  • Engineering Graphics (Drafting)
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Welding
Eligible programs at NETC for men:
  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Legal Office Assistant
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Preparation
  • Account Clerk
  • Data Processing Clerk

For more information call our Special Populations Program Coordinators, Teresa Rivers and Brenda Kelly at (843) 921-6937, (843) 921-6938, or toll free (800) 921-7399.


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Orientation, Career Information, & Job Skills

A required workshop is scheduled for August 17 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Room 539) to see what resources are available through NETC to help you get a college degree.

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