chapter  4
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Past and Current Alternative Programs: Evidence of Promise in Nontraditional Occupations

The previous chapter demonstrated that non-college women end up in jobs with fewer benefits and less pay than non-college men do, and that these trends in occupational segregation by gender have been accompanied by drastic cuts in post-secondary vocational programs and sex-equity programs. Policy intervention is needed to alter patterns of occupational segregation. This chapter shows that policy interventions targeting nontraditional occu­ pations (NTOs) provide non-college women with high-wage, high-skilled career opportunities because NTOs are linked to higher wages, marketable skills training, and opportunities for advancement.