Career & College Readiness

Career Readiness

Ensuring all students are prepared for post-secondary training, education, or the workforce is essential to individual success and a healthy society and economy. Education reform at the national, state and local levels is bringing together stakeholders from schools, districts, colleges, government agencies, businesses, and communities in an effort to strengthen pathways to student success -- at all levels.

IMPAQ supports these efforts by collecting evidence on college preparation and career pathway programs, and providing program and policy recommendations to local and national education agencies.

In our work conducting research, evaluating programs, and providing technical assistance to community colleges, K-12 districts, universities, states, and non-profit organizations, IMPAQ utilizes a variety of methodological tools and approaches, ranging from small formative and qualitative studies of pilot programs to large-scale quasi-experimental impact studies. Our evidence is being used to improve career readiness and career pathway programs.

For example, IMPAQ is evaluating the implementation of U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grants by a consortium of 10 community colleges, local workforce investment boards (WIBs), two four-year universities, local employers and industry professionals, and other community partners. The evaluation includes an outcomes study, which examines participants’ educational achievements (course completions, certificates, degrees), transfer to four-year universities, job placement, and earnings; an implementation study, which includes yearly site visits, interviews, focus groups with key respondents; and a social network analysis that examines relationships between agencies and how collaboration between agencies evolves over time.

Read more about these and related projects below.

Select Projects
Client: Contra Costa Community College District
Date: 10/2012 – 9/2016
Service: Mixed Method Evaluations
Market: Workforce Development
Practice Area: Career Pathways and Sector Partnerships
Client: U.S. Department of Education
Date: 3/2011-12/2011
Service: Research Services
Market: Education
Client: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Date: 1/2015 – 6/2016
Service: Process Evaluations
Market: Education
Practice Area: College Readiness

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