Research Topics

Education & Training

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 Heldrich Center is evaluating a 12-month nurse residency model in NJ Long Term Care (LTC) facilities for new RN graduates. The program identifies that in contrast to acute care environments, nurse residency programs have not been offered in long term care environments, contributing to high turnover and attrition rates, and reduced care for LTC residents. This program will address current problems in LTC facilities and educate 50 preceptors and 50 new RN graduates with the goal of improving care and reducing re-hospitalization rates for LTC residents.

The Heldrich Center is under contract with the New Jersey Department of Education to conduct a process evaluation of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Personalized Student Learning Plan pilot program. The evaluation, using a variety of methodologies, is designed to assess the implementation of PSLP plans in the 16 (middle and high) school pilot sites, collect objective performance measures and perceptual outcomes, and identify promising practices that can be used to inform the possible expansion of PSLPs in other schools throughout New Jersey.

The Heldrich Center is currently examining colleges’ programmatic structures to support students with disabilities and the experiences of students in college programs. The study includes: interviews with students who have successfully completed an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a career certificate; site visits with colleges/universities and cross-site learning meetings; financial and service case studies of individual participants; and operational case studies of colleges and the services offered to students with disabilities.

From 1998 to 2001, the Center served as a primary evaluator for the Lucent Technologies Foundation, performing regular evaluations of the Foundation’s three primary youth and education grant programs. These programs included an ongoing summer program for high school students in Newark, New Jersey; a grant program that provided funding to a wide variety of youth education and development programs in New Jersey;and a national grant program that funded multicultural awareness programs for high school students.