Wingspan provides support services to students who are displaced homemakers and students enrolled in nontraditional occupation programs.

What is a displaced homemaker?

A displaced homemaker is an individual who has worked in the home for a substantial number of years providing unpaid household services for family members; and who meets the following additional criteria:

  • Is not gainfully employed, including unemployed or underemployed, and
  • Has been dependent on income of another household member but is no longer supported by such income; or
  • Has been on public assistance but is no longer eligible for such assistance or who may be terminated from such assistance; or
  • Is the parent of one or more minor children supported by public assistance or spousal support but whose children are within two years of reaching adulthood

What services can a displaced homemaker receive?

Career Exploration

  • Career exploration of traditional and nontraditional career paths
  • Career Assessments
  • Develop an Educational Action Plan
  • Explore Job Training Options

Case Management Services

  • Advising Services
  • Referrals to College and Community Resources
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Limited Financial Assistance for College Expenses

College Preparation

  • Enrollment Assistance
  • Goal Setting
  • Awareness of Financial Resources
  • Balancing work, family, and school roles

Job Readiness

  • Labor Market Information
  • Informational Interviewing
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Employment Resources - Tech Connect

Nontraditional Occupations - Explore a Career...Outside the Box

  • Discover nontraditional career opportunities
  • Nontraditional occupations are jobs in which 75% or more of the workforce is of the opposite gender.
  • Men find careers such as nursing or childcare offer a great opportunity and job satisfaction
  • Technical and industrial careers for women pay 20% to 30% more than jobs traditionally held by women.
  • Nontraditional occupations are rewarding with an opportunity for career advancement.

What are the Advantages of Nontraditional Occupations?

  • Great Earning Potential
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Benefits
  • Occupational "Fit"
  • Satisfying and Challenging Work

What Services are Provided to Students in Nontraditional Occupation Programs?

  • Individual Career Assessment
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Mentoring Relationships
  • Labor Market Information
  • Limited Financial Assistance for Transportation
  • College and Community Resources