The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program is a $2 billion federal workforce investment aimed at helping community colleges across the nation increase their capacity to provide education and training programs for in-demand jobs. The US Department of Labor (DOL) administers the seven year grant program in partnership with the US Department of Education. This brief presents preliminary results on key outcomes and characteristics of grant-funded program participants from the first four years of TAACCCT. The TAACCCT grant program is primarily focused on capacity building and sustainability, with grant funding directed at institution building rather than at tuition assistance for students to help them pay for education and training. Therefore, a key measure of TAACCCT progress and success is the number of programs of study created using grant funding, which is included in the discussion below. However, this brief mainly focuses on who grantfunded programs are serving and their educational and employment outcomes. DOL collects annual performance report (APR) data from TAACCCT grantees. Those data, covering the program period up through September 30, 2015, provide information on grant-funded program participant characteristics and outcomes. Participant characteristics described include basic demographics, school enrollmentand work status, veteran status, whether an individual has a disability, Pell grant eligibility, and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) eligibility. Preliminary participant outcomes presented focus on shortterm education and employment outcomes for participants (i.e., outcomes experienced while enrolled in a TAACCCT-funded program of study or within the first three quarters after program completion and exit from the institution). The brief concludes with a discussion of observations and future products wewill develop as part of the TAACCCT national evaluation. (Author abstract)
Early results of the TAACCCT grants
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