Breaking Traditional Award
Who can be nominated?
- Secondary students
(12th grade only)
- Postsecondary students
- Adult students
- Educators (career and technical)
- Employers (nontraditional employment)
Who cannot be nominated?
- Students participating in short “exploratory” career and technical courses.
- Previous state winners.
- High school juniors (11th grade students).
- Each school may submit:
One secondary student and
One postsecondary / adult student
nominee per career-technical education program.
For example, an institution may have as many as 20 different career-technical education programs, resulting in the nominations of 40 students – two per program, one secondary and one postsecondary.
- Use the state Perkins nontraditional careers list when determining whether a student qualifies for the Breaking Traditions award. You can find the list on the Breaking Traditions website and the DESE website. This is the same list used for Perkins accountability reports.
- Students may not nominate themselves. Only school officials can nominate students for the awards.
- If a nominator does not wish to choose between two students in the same career-technical program, have both students fill out the awards materials. Then have the appropriate school official(s) choose a winner.
- Students must attend a state-funded public high school, area career-technical school, career center, public community college or two-year college.
- Students must currently be enrolled in a state approved, preparatory, career-technical education program that is nontraditional for his/her gender.
What does nontraditional mean?
- Nontraditional students are defined as those studying for careers that are traditionally chosen by the opposite gender. The phrase does not refer to older students returning to school.
- A nontraditional female student is enrolled in a career-technical program that has a male population of 75 percent or more.
- A nontraditional male student is enrolled in a career-technical program that has a female population of 75 percent or more.
- The list of careers and programs that are considered “nontraditional” for both genders is available on this website and the DESE website. This is the same list used for Perkins accou8ntability reports.
- Your DESE College & Career Consultants may also provide assistance. Their contact information is included on this website.
- Nontraditional Careers List
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