Educators from around the state gathered at the Chattahoochee Technical College North Metro Campus in Acworth on Thursday, Feb. 8 for Non-Trad in Action, a nontraditional career conference sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia. Also attending this conference were representatives from the nonprofit organization CareSource. Fifth Third Bank sponsored lunch for conference participants.
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) provided conference participants with a research-grounded process to assist them with increasing the participation and persistence of students in nontraditional occupational programs and pathways. The conference also featured panel and roundtable discussions led by TCSG Special Populations/Career Services/Equity Coordinator Kim Ellis, and Chattahoochee Tech Special Populations Coordinator Brannon Jones.
“Nontraditional fields are defined as occupations or career fields in which people from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the workforce,” said Jones. “Today’s conference provided a thorough process of examination and reflection to prepare educators to reach, teach and maximize the success of students in nontraditional fields.”
Pictured at the event are, from left, CTC Special Populations Coordinator Brannon Jones, CTC Career Services Coordinator Annette Sinclair, TCSG Assistant Commissioner Dr. Katherine Hornsby, NAPE Equity Researcher and Instructor Ricardo Romanillos, TCSG Special Populations/Career Services/Equity Coordinator Kim Ellis and CTC Vice President of Student Affairs Jennifer Nelson.