The Special Populations program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves single parents, displaced homemakers, students whose first language is not English and students who are enrolled in non-traditional programs. The program offers customized workshops and seminars providing career testing and exploration as well as workshops and seminars that address life issues such as stress management, parenting skills, self-esteem improvement and job readiness training.
Special Populations also provides tangible support services such as a lending library that allows students to borrow text books on semester basis. While the program specifically focuses on the needs of special populations groups, all workshops and seminars are open to all students.
A single parent is defined as one who is legally unmarried, who has full or partial custody of at least one minor child and who is in need of employment or career training.
A displaced homemaker is a parent who has been performing unpaid labor in the home, who has difficulty in securing employment and who has been dependent upon the income of another but can no longer depend on that income.
A non-traditional student would be any male or female that is enrolled in a program of study at Georgia Northwestern where the opposite gender accounts for more than 70% such as a male student enrolled in Health and Human Services or a female in Automotive Technology.