Services are available to students who are economically disadvantaged, physically/mentally disabled, single parents, homeless, out-of-workforce, English learners, and those enrolled in non-traditional careers. Available services include:
- Lending Library
- Assistance with classroom accommodations
- Career guidance and assessments
- Student resource guides and referral information
- Identification of resources to meet student needs
- Language translation services: free website translation
- Transportation assistance: The Special Populations Office cannot provide direct alternative transportation assistance but can assist with bus passes within the Central Georgia Technical College service delivery area. The Special Populations Office can also help identify transportation agencies in the area (as well as fees, route times, and route locations associated with the service).
- Childcare assistance: The Special Populations Office can assist with daycare assistance though the CGTC Child Development Center and Early Childhood Learning Center. The Special Populations Office can also help identify daycare service resources in the area.
The Special Populations Lending Library allows students to apply for loaner textbooks, equipment, resources, tools, supplies, and laptop needed to complete general education and occupational courses while enrolled in a qualifying occupational program.
To qualify for the Lending Library, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled student at CGTC
- Enrolled in an occupational major*
- Member of at least one special population group
Students are required to complete the Lending Library Application and meet with a Special Populations staff member to identify need. Unless a break in continuous enrollment occurs or information changes, the Lending Library Application only needs to be completed once. A verification of enrollment in classes within the semester the student is seeking assistance will be completed. Students expecting a financial aid refund should utilize the financial aid funds prior to assistance from special populations unless a reasonable justification is provided on the application. If approved, a Lending Library Agreement will be completed. Documentation from an instructor, syllabus, or program manual may be requested to verify textbooks or resources are required for program progression and completion.
Students are responsible for all items loaned while in their possession. Any item damaged, lost, or stolen are required to be replaced by the student. A hold will be placed on the students’ accounts for items needing to be replaced or are overdue. This hold will be released upon the return of the items loaned in the same condition as it was borrowed. Textbooks, resources, and laptop are loaned for one semester; if the student needs to borrow the same textbook, resource, or laptop for another semester, the student must return the textbook, resource, or laptop at the end of the semester and complete a new Lending Library Agreement.
Lending Library assistance is based on eligibility, availability of funds, and physical inventory. Assistance provided through the Lending Library may include:
- Textbooks and learning materials
- Required program materials such as smocks, scrubs, tools, and more
- Laptop to complete required class assignments
* Students enrolled in the following non-occupational major are not eligible for Lending Library assistance: AB73 General Studies-Associate Degree, AF53 Interdisciplinary Studies-Associate Degree, TS23 Technical Studies-Associate Degree, EC21 Early College Essentials-Technical Certificate, and TC31 Technical Specialist-Technical Certificate.
Students enrolled in AF53 Interdisciplinary Studies and preparing for acceptance into the AN43 Associate of Science in Nursing program are eligible for Lending Library assistance. The Lending Library Application should note both majors.
Special populations refers to students who meet the criteria for at least one of the following categories:
- Individuals with disabilities: An individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
- Individuals who are economically disadvantaged: A credit-hour student who is a needs-based financial aid recipient of Pell or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
- Individuals in non-traditional career programs: Non-traditional occupations are those in which one gender makes up less than 25% of the total number of workers. (See Nontraditional Careers section)
- Single parents: An individual who is not married and has custody of and is responsible for the care of one or more minor children, or an individual who is not married and is currently pregnant.
- Individuals unemployed or underemployed
- Individuals with limited English proficiency: An individual whose native language is a language other than English.
- Homeless individuals
- Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
- Youth with parents on active duty in the armed forces
After reviewing the resources offered by the Special Populations Office, please take a moment to complete the Student Success Team Survey
. Your feedback will assist in evaluating areas for improvement in the services that are offered.
The Special Populations Form assists in capturing information regarding the needs of new students, including the online student population. If you meet the criteria for a special populations student, you may be eligible for services and assistance. Please complete the online Special Populations Form
so that we may determine if assistance is available. All individual responses will remain confidential.
Or complete the Special Populations Form . Please complete the form and return it to the Special Populations Office.