ERIC Number: ED574597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 13
Expanding Student Support Services. Scaling Change: MoHealthWINs Consortium
Kirby, C. L.
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Several federal grants prioritized the role of community colleges in education and training in recent years, and one of the most substantial investments was the Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program of the United States Department of Labor (DOL). Beginning October 2011, these $2 billion capacity-building grants funded community colleges and their workforce and employer partners to prepare individuals for family living-wage employment that would in turn, provide skilled workers for industry sectors needed to recover and grow the economy. This brief is one in a series of four briefs that tell the story of how scaling happened under a TAACCCT Round One grant. As one of 23 Round One TAACCCT consortia, the Missouri Healthcare Workforce Innovation Networks (MoHealthWINs) Consortium is highlighted because it has demonstrated some success in scaling and sustaining change. Comprised of twelve community colleges and one technical college, the Consortium was awarded nearly $20 million dollars with goals to increase access to education beyond high school, increase the number of students who complete post-secondary education awards/credentials, and create sustainable career and employment opportunities for program completers. Healthcare was the chosen industry sector at the request of Missouri's governor, Jay Nixon (MoHealthWINs, 2011). This story focuses on how three of the Consortium's colleges have implemented a critical TAACCCT strategy and are building infrastructure, policy, and practice to enable it to live beyond TAACCCT. The content for this story is derived from in-person and telephone interviews with selected college leadership; a site visit to one college and participation in a consortium-wide meeting; interviews with the MoHealthWINs Project Director, internal and external evaluators (Cosgrove & Associates; Bragg & Associates, respectively); and extensive document review of monthly meeting notes, interim and final implementation and impact reports, a Transformative Change Initiative Strategy Brief featuring this Consortium's selected strategy, and multiple products produced over the life of the grant. The following is appended: Duties Performed by the Career Pathways Coach/Program Support Specialist/Navigator.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Grants, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, Capacity Building, Career Education, Scaling, Consortia, Educational Change, Access to Education, Health Services, Program Implementation, Sustainability, Interviews, School Visitation, Case Studies, Information Utilization, Organizational Communication
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Lumina Foundation; Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Missouri