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Using TAACCCT Grants to Develop Innovative Training Programs


  • Community colleges provide occupational education and training for U.S. workers.
  • The Abt team is evaluating trade adjustment grants for training.
  • The project will end in 2019.
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 impact study of up to five grantees to determine the effect of the grant on training and employment outcomes; 

  • An implementation study based on visits to a subset of grantees and a survey of all Round 4 TAACCCT colleges 

  • 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 2019. 


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