Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association

About Us


What is MOSPA?


The Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association was formed in 1975 to improve opportunities while giving support to career technical students with special needs.

The purpose of MOSPA is to inform members of the requirements of the Perkins legislation and assist in its implementation at the local level to ensure that the needs of the special population student are well served at the secondary and postsecondary levels. In addition, a goal of the organization and the state conference is to enhance the professional development of educators and paraprofessionals working with special population students.


Who are Special Populations Students?

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 refer to an identifiable segment of the career and technical education population as individuals who are members of special populations. The Act defines “special populations” as:

  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including low-income youth and adults
  • Individuals preparing for non-traditional fields
  • Single parents, including single-pregnant women
  • Out-of-workforce individuals
  • English learners
  • Homeless individuals
  • Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
  • Youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces or on active duty
  • Migrants


State of Michigan Support Instrumental in MOSPA Success

 The Executive Board and Conference Committee of the Michigan Occupational Special Populations Association (MOSPA) would like to extend our sincerest appreciation for the grant funds provided in support of our 2017 State conference held May 2-5. Your continued support of MOSPA allows us to bring high quality and relevant professional development training to occupational educators throughout the State at a reasonable cost. In 1975, MOSPA began as a mechanism to improve professional development opportunities for career and technical educators in support of improving the success of career and technical special population students. 


Friday, September 27, 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Friday, March 6, 2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Boyne Mountain, 3 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 2020

Conference Committee only meeting

Friday, January 24, 2020

alternate date Friday, February 21, 2020

Meetings are at 10 a.m. unless otherwise listed
Crown Plaza Lansing - West
925 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing , MI

May 6-8, 2020


7:00 p.m. - 12:00 pm

1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI

Event Details

May 6-8, 2020


Each year the state conference committee puts together an event that meets both the expressed wishes and the diverse needs of our members. That means we are trying to make sure that each time slot offers speakers and topics of interest to both secondary and post-secondary conference-goers. We also pore over last year's evaluations to determine whether there is a speaker we could invite back or a recommended speaker or topic someone would like us to bring in. If you find the conference a good fit for you each year, remember that it was designed with you in mind. Wait to see what we have in store for you! 

We are especially excited about the 2020 Conference as we celebrate 45 wonderful years of providing a quality professional development opportunity to its attendees.

7:00 p.m. - 12:00 pm

1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI

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Contact Us

I am interested in learning more and/or joining the MOSPA Board...

Michigan Occupational Special Populations Assoc.

Contact James Simmons, President

Email: mospaonline@gmail.com


Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed