Public Transportation Workforce Mapping Project

The Heldrich Center developed a number of print and online career awareness tools that education and workforce providers can use to educate students about careers in the public transportation industry. These tools include a visual “map” of job groups and key occupations in the industry and a comprehensive guide to public transportation occupations. These tools will be disseminated broadly to postsecondary institutions and other stakeholders in order to help career guidance personnel to inform students about careers.

Evaluation of The WorkPlace's Platform to Employment

The Heldrich Center is conducting an evaluation of Platform to Employment, a recently launched initiative of The WorkPlace, the workforce investment board for Southwest Connecticut. Through Platform to Employment—recently featured on CBS 60 Minutes as a potential national model—The WorkPlace is offering assistance to long-term unemployed individuals, especially those who have exhausted extended unemployment insurance benefits, to help them prepare for returning to work.

Dynamics of Engineering Labor Markets: Petroleum Engineering and Responsive Supply

This Heldrich Center study examines the recent increase in demand for petroleum engineers and the response by students leading to a dramatic increase in numbers of graduates. Specifically, it examines the following issues: program dynamics of colleges in expanding size and number of programs; both demand (by industry) and supply (by colleges) of engineers for the petroleum industry; and the recent surge in industry demand, the mix of engineering fields employed, changes in content, and the response in supply (colleges, retraining, influx from other fields, immigration, etc.).

Inventory and Assessment of Public Transportation Workforce Needs

This study includes an overview of the graduation rates and college engineering program dynamics for engineering, including an analysis by discipline. The analysis provides background information on trends in the supply of new engineers to the labor market over the past three decades. It identifies forces shaping the demand for engineers over the past three decades, including fluctuations in government demand, skill-biased technological change, the demand for engineers in non-engineering occupations (particularly management), and replacement demand.

Institutional Responses to Labor Market Demands for Engineers

This study includes an overview of the graduation rates and college engineering program dynamics for engineering, including an analysis by discipline. The analysis provides background information on trends in the supply of new engineers to the labor market over the past three decades. It identifies forces shaping the demand for engineers over the past three decades, including fluctuations in government demand, skill-biased technological change, the demand for engineers in non-engineering occupations (particularly management), and replacement demand.

Development of a Career Planning Course with Labor Market Information at Rutgers University

The Heldrich Center is partnering with Rutgers University’s Career Services office and the School of Arts and Sciences to develop a unique one-credit course pilot to help undergraduate students better align their major choice, course selection, and other college activities with their career interests and labor market realities. The course will include in-person lectures and online components, including a variety of resources made available online and assignments that lead students through online research tools.

Overview of U.S. Corporate Policies in the Employment of People with Disabilities: Spotlight on the Retail Trade Sector

In 2008, the Heldrich Center completed research on efforts taking place in U.S. companies as it pertains to the hiring and retaining of people with disabilities. The study examined the types of corporate practices taking place in American companies, then focused on a single sector — retail trade — and reviewed the myriad of employment opportunities currently available within the retail industry (the nation's largest private sector employer) and how retailers are responding to efforts to move people with disabilities into retail employment. (Funded by a grant from WalMart, Inc)

Evaluation of the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey's (BIANJ) Collaborative Approach for Vocational Services for People with Brain Injuries

Between 2007 and 2009, the Heldrich Center worked with the BIANJ and its partners to evaluate a pilot service delivery model that addresses the unique needs of people with brain injuries and improves their potential for a positive return to work. This model, established as part of their "Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Brain Injuries" program, was evaluated by Heldrich Center researchers to inform the development of three additional project partner collaboratives.

Evaluation of Kessler Foundation Signature Grant Grantee

Since 2007, the Heldrich Center has served as the primary evaluator for the Kessler Foundation, performing regular evaluations of the Foundation’s Signature Grant Program grantees. The Center is using tested evaluation approaches designed to provide feedback to the Kessler Foundation on the effectiveness of the grant programs in meeting their stated goals and to provide feedback to grantees about the best ways to establish and manage their programs in order to maximize the probability that people with disabilities will be employed upon program completion.

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