Under the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study, Abt evaluated Des Moines Area Community College’s Workforce Training Academy (WTA) Connect program. The impact study used an experimental design to measure effects on educational and early employment outcomes 18 months after random assignment. The program increased receipt of credentials by four percentage points but had no impact on other educational outcomes or early employment outcomes. The implementation study found that 50 percent of the WTA Connect participants attended education or training. Of those who participated and started basic skills remediation, almost three-quarters completed and enrolled in occupational training.
December 18, 2018