button-download-workshop-filesStrand: Innovations on Equity in Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Session VI: 9:45 – 11:00 AM


This interactive session looks at special populations categories, as defined by Perkins legislation (2006) and how North Carolina and one of its local education agencies set the goals for meeting requirements and assurances with local and federal supports.


BAKER_Shannon_2017Shannon Baker

Education Consultants (Special Populations/Civil Rights/Equity)
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Biography: Shannon Baker is an education consultant with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She works in Career and Technical Education Support Services, where she oversees the areas of Special Populations, Civil Rights and Equity. She attained her Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees from North Carolina State University in Business and Marketing Education and was employed as a Business teacher, Career Development Coordinator, and Special Populations Coordinator with Wake County Schools. She is currently an adjunct instructor in the Computer Technologies Division at Wake Technical Community College.

GRAY_Francisca 2017Francisca Gray

Career Development Coordinator (District Level)
Onslow County Schools

Biography: Francisca Gray is the District Career Development Coordinator for Onslow County Schools in North Carolina. Part of her role includes overseeing the WIOA In-School Youth Program and Career Development Programs. She has written several proposals to the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board to receive federal funding to continue providing services to eligible disadvantaged youth. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Angeles University in the Philippines and Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. She started her career in education as a Human Resource Development Instructor with Coastal Carolina Community College then became employed with Onslow County Schools as a Career Development Facilitator, Business Education Teacher, and Career Academy Coordinator.


Perkins legislation (of 2006) defines special populations by the following groups: individuals with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged families (including foster children), individuals preparing for nontraditional fields, single parents, including single parent women, displaced homemakers and individuals with limited English proficiencies. States that wish to receive Perkins funding for their CTE programs must submit a local plan in order to qualify. This information session will take a look at special populations categories as defined by Perkins and how North Carolina sets its goals for meeting the requirements and assurances. Attendees will also hear from one of NC’s largest local education agencies, Onslow County Schools, about how it provides services for special populations with the use of local and federal supports. One of its most successful programs, titled S.T.A.R.S (Students Transcending and Reaching Success), which is an In-School Youth Program supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The S.T.A.R.S program design focuses on 14 program elements that assists participants in achieving academic and employment success through effective and comprehensive activities. Onslow County will share its program design, which has proven to be a successful model in this area.


This presentation will be geared to audiences that have experience working in secondary education (grades 9-12). Stakeholders will include, but not be limited to, CTE educators and support staff, school counselors/career coaches, school administrators (principals/assistant principals), and intervention specialists. Novice to competent level of experience on Perkins legislation is expected.