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Special Populations/Perkins Program


  • Assists occupational students in qualifying programs, who meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

    Individual with a Disability

    • a person having any of the disabilities as defined in Section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    Economically Disadvantaged

    • an individual from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children.
    • this individual must be either a Pell grant recipient or recipient of some other form of financial assistance, and/or a migrant.

    Nontraditional Training and Employment Participant

    • an individual enrolled in an occupational program that is considered nontraditional for his/her gender as determined by National Labor Statistics and State year-end Program enrollment data.
    • these occupations or fields of work generally include careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging high skill occupations, for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each occupation or field of work.

    Single Parent, including Single Pregnant Woman

    • an individual who is unmarried or separated from a spouse,
    • AND
    • has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody,
    • OR
    • is unmarried or separated from a spouse and is pregnant.

    Displaced Homemaker

    • an individual who is under-employed or unemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining employment or upgrading employment
    • AND
    • has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills;
    • OR
    • has been dependent upon the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income;
    • OR
    • is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under this Title.

    Individual with Limited English Proficiency

    • an adult who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language,
    • AND
    • whose native language is a language other than English;
    • OR
    • who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language;
    • AND
    • has difficulty speaking, reading , writing, or understanding the English language.



Services provided:

Mentoring and Support Services

  • Program of study requirements
  • Audits
  • Course selection
  • Academic goals
  • Learning styles
  • Job opportunities
  • Employability skills
  • Career exploration
  • Education plan
  • Tutorial Services

Monitoring of Academic Progress

  • The Special Populations coordinator monitors students' academic progress and helps them determine necessary actions needed to ensure success
  • Review midterm grades to help keep the student on track
  • Strategies to protect G.P.A.
  • Advising before drop/add
  • Review final grades

Professional Tutoring

  • Professional tutors are available for English, Math, the Sciences, and the Social Sciences
  • Professional tutors are available for one hour/ week/ class
  • Professional tutoring can take place for any non-developmental college level course the student is registered for
  • Professional tutors have obtained a Bachelor degree in the subject they tutor

Peer Tutoring

  • Peer tutors are available for a variety of subjects and have been recommended to the Learning Center through faculty.
  • Peer tutoring is available on main campus and limited availability at satellite locations
  • For more information contact Koaster Brim (810) 762-0376

Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)

  • PAC is an extension of the peer/professional tutorial services
  • Tutoring designed for more than one student at a time
  • Can be held in locations other than the Learning Center (classroom or other meeting space)
  • Need for a PAC can be identified by the professor or the students

Disability Services

When a student self identifies as having a disability the coordinator makes the proper referral for the student to receive their approved accommodations including:

  • Extended testing time
  • Quiet location for testing
  • C-Print services
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Adaptive listening devices

Attendance Cost Grant

  • Active Special Population students may be eligible for the Attendance Cost Grant (ACG)
  • Grant is designed to cover the cost of required books, supplies, uniforms, tools, equipment, tuition, and fees
  • Student must meet the GPA requirement for their program of study
  • Student must have filled out their FAFSA and gotten an answer
  • Student must be an established member of the Mott Special Populations Program


Workshops are offered to help the student in areas that they have expressed a concern and requested additional support Past workshop topics have included:

  • Diversity
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Time Management
  • Computer Literacy
  • Financial Literacy


July 8, 2015
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