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Using TAACCCT Grants to Develop Innovative Training Programs


  • Community colleges provide occupational education and training for U.S. workers.
  • Abt is evaluating Round 4 of the Trade Adjustments Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
  • The project will end in 2020.
The Challenge

Community colleges provide much of the low-cost occupational education and training for American workers. They also have been a major focus of workforce development policy and programs for the federal government. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants provide funding to community colleges for developing innovative training programs that serve unemployed and underemployed adults and prepare them for high-wage, high-skill occupations. 

The Approach

The Abt team is conducting a multi-faceted study for the Department of Labor of Round 4 TAACCCT grantees that involves:  

  • An outcomes study of nine grantees to describe the characteristics of TAACCCT participants, their service receipt, and their outcomes related to education, employment, and earnings

  • An implementation study based on visits to the nine outcomes study grantees and a survey of all Round 4 TAACCCT colleges; and

  • Technical assistance and peer learning opportunities for grantee third-party evaluators to help improve the rigor of their evaluations. 

The Results

This five-year project will conclude in 2020. 


Reports and Publications:

The Employer Perspectives Study: Insights on How to Build and Maintain Strong Employer-College Partnerships


Related work:

Evaluation of the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (c3bc): Final Report  (Note: This is a separate evaluation of the Round 2 TAACCCT grantees)