The Heldrich Center is evaluating Camden County College’s (CCC) implementation of manufacturing and energy workforce development programs under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program involves a partnership with several other colleges in New Jersey to implement manufacturing training with the use of a mobile teaching facility and utilities training that includes an employer-based hands-on learning component. The Center is tracking the progress of students who participate in these programs, conducting an analysis of the program processes, and calculating employment outcomes for students.
To document student outcomes, the Heldrich Center is calculating graduation rates and is using administrative data and Unemployment Insurance wage records to calculate key labor market outcomes, including the entered employment rate, average earnings, and the retention rate. Heldrich Center researchers are using a comparison group and a difference-in-differences design, benchmarking these outcomes by comparing the higher education and employment outcomes of participants in CCC’s workforce development programs to those of similar students who participated in different programs.
With this project, the Heldrich Center is testing a new approach for measuring labor market alignment in CCC’s programs. The approach seeks to document the robustness of the program’s activities designed to ensure that the number of graduates and their skills match employer needs. Researchers seek to understand CCC’s goals for meeting the needs of students and employers and then document evidence that sound processes were used to ensure that program activities align with these goals in areas from program selection to intake to teaching and assessment. Throughout this process, the Heldrich Center and CCC are collaborating, and the Center is relaying findings from the evaluation to CCC to support its efforts to continuously improve its workforce development programs.
This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.