The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program allows community colleges and other higher education-eligible institutions to use federal funds to expand and improve their education and career training programs.
IMPAQ assessed the implementation and outcomes of the TAACCCT grant awarded to the Maricopa Community College District. The grant, awarded specifically to the Arizona Sun Corridor-Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), aims to expand education and career training programs that train trade-impacted workers and other adults for high-skill, high-wage employment and advancement in energy and mining industries. Our evaluation provided substantial insight into the educational and workforce outcomes associated with the ASC-GIEC program.
In this project, one of nine TAACCCT projects we were conducting, we used a mixed methods approach. This includes in-depth interviews with grant stakeholders, analyses of student record data, and surveys and focus groups with student participants.
Our project team consisted of senior researchers and analysts with decades of combined experience in education, workforce development, mixed methods research, data analysis, and survey design and sampling.