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  • Individual Author: Loprest, Pamela; Werner, Alan; Sick, Nathan
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    One of the HPOG Program’s major goals is to advance the healthcare careers of low-income individuals. This brief measures HPOG 1.0 participants’ progress in occupational training and employment and earnings for up to three years following program entry. Using HPOG Program and quarterly wage administrative data, the findings show improvements over time in training course completions, acquisition of occupational training credentials, and employment and earnings. The brief also considers the use of career progress measures as performance management indicators. The brief does not assess HPOG impacts, but reports on key outcomes experienced by HPOG participants following enrollment. (Author introduction)

    One of the HPOG Program’s major goals is to advance the healthcare careers of low-income individuals. This brief measures HPOG 1.0 participants’ progress in occupational training and employment and earnings for up to three years following program entry. Using HPOG Program and quarterly wage administrative data, the findings show improvements over time in training course completions, acquisition of occupational training credentials, and employment and earnings. The brief also considers the use of career progress measures as performance management indicators. The brief does not assess HPOG impacts, but reports on key outcomes experienced by HPOG participants following enrollment. (Author introduction)

  • Individual Author: Durham, Christin; Eyster, Lauren ; Mikelson, Kelly S.; Cohen, Elissa
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2017

    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...

    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) 

  • Individual Author: Levesque, Karen; Lauen, Doug; Teitelbaum, Peter; Alt, Martha; Librera, Sally
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2000

    Vocational education at the turn of the century is an enterprise in transition. This publication addresses the primary question about the size of the enterprise at the secondary and postsecondary levels and whether it is growing, shrinking, or holding constant over time. The report also examines high school transcripts and presents findings about the academic preparation of high school students who participate in vocational education, relevant school reform efforts, and transitions after high school. To set the context for understanding these findings, the report describes economic and labor market trends and their implications for vocational programs, as well as changing workplace practices and employer perspectives on worker skills and proficiency. (Author abstract)

    Vocational education at the turn of the century is an enterprise in transition. This publication addresses the primary question about the size of the enterprise at the secondary and postsecondary levels and whether it is growing, shrinking, or holding constant over time. The report also examines high school transcripts and presents findings about the academic preparation of high school students who participate in vocational education, relevant school reform efforts, and transitions after high school. To set the context for understanding these findings, the report describes economic and labor market trends and their implications for vocational programs, as well as changing workplace practices and employer perspectives on worker skills and proficiency. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Werner, Alan; Schwartz, Deena; Koralek, Robin; Loprest, Pamela; Sick, Nathan
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2018

    This is the final report of the National Implementation Evaluation (NIE) of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of 5-year HPOG grants (HPOG 1.0) to 32 organizations in 23 states; five were tribal organizations. The purpose of the HPOG Program is to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. HPOG 1.0 grantees designed and implemented programs to provide eligible participants with education, occupational training, and support and employment services to help them train for and find jobs in a variety of healthcare professions. (Author abstract) 

    This is the final report of the National Implementation Evaluation (NIE) of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). In 2010, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the first round of 5-year HPOG grants (HPOG 1.0) to 32 organizations in 23 states; five were tribal organizations. The purpose of the HPOG Program is to provide education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the healthcare field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. HPOG 1.0 grantees designed and implemented programs to provide eligible participants with education, occupational training, and support and employment services to help them train for and find jobs in a variety of healthcare professions. (Author abstract)