Special Populations

Special Populations serves students enrolled in Career and Technical Occupation programs and are members of one of the following Special Populations:

  • Displaced Homemakers
  • Single Parent (male or female)
  • Non-Traditional Students
  • Academically Disadvantaged
  • Economically Disadvantaged

The special populations office is located in the Kirkland Administration Building, Suite 158. Please call us to make an appointment, or visit www.albanytech.edu for more information.

A displaced homemaker is an adult, who is divorced, widowed, separated or has a disabled spouse and is unemployed or underemployed. The displaced homemaker is also one who has worked primarily without pay to care for a home and family and for this reason has diminished marketable skills.

A single parent student is an individual who is unmarried or legally separated from a spouse and has a minor child or children for whom the parent has either custody or joint custody.

A student in a non-traditional program is a student who has chosen to enter training in a field that is dominated by persons of the opposite gender, such as, a male in nursing, or a female in automotive technology.

An economically disadvantaged student is an individual receiving PELL, WIA, TANF, etc.

Our staff helps you:

  • Transition into the college setting
  • Acquire financial assistance (tuition, fees and required books)

Our staff offers counseling and referrals to community resources in areas of need such as:

  • Assessment testing & evaluation
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Occupational information on non-traditional careers

Students may initiate their own use of these services or may be referred by college staff, faculty, area high school counselors, social agency personnel, or other professionals.


Experiencing difficulty in class? Returning or readjusting to college? Need assistance to get through a tough exam? Tutoring is available at no cost to you if you are a currently enrolled ATC student. Your tutor will be a student who has successfully completed class. Tutors are available in most subject areas.


Instructional departments, on an optional basis, may establish approved exams to be administered by the Special Populations Coordinator for exemption purposes. Students with prior military training, documented prior education and/or work experience may take a course exemption test before registering for a course. The student must obtain a request for exemption testing from the Special Populations Coordinator and pay a fee based on the cost per credit hour.

Special Populations Services also offers one on one counseling that deal with life management issues, academic preparation and exploration. For more information, contact the Special Populations Coordinator.