The primary goal of the Community College of Baltimore County’s (CCBC) Cybersecurity Institute (CI) TAACCCT grant program was to develop a comprehensive education and training program to train students, local industry employees, Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers, veterans, and dislocated workers in current cybersecurity and information technology practices.
IMPAQ examined and evaluated program implementation activities throughout the grant period and analyzed participants’ educational and labor market outcomes. We assessed the effectiveness of the program through a rigorous analysis of the characteristics, services, and educational and labor market outcomes. This study relied on program participation data and state administrative wage record data.
We also performed an implementation analysis, to gather information about the program’s innovative career pathway design components, assess whether it met its implementation objectives, and explore program successes and challenges.
Our team consisted of senior researchers and analysts with decades of experience evaluating the implementation, outcomes, and impact of employment and training programs funded through Department of Labor (DOL) grants. Our success was driven by several factors, including our recent experience as a third-party evaluator for 15 U.S. DOL grantees in 12 states; these evaluations included quasi-experimental impact evaluations, outcomes studies, implementation evaluations, and various types of cost studies.