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ERIC Number: ED618157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 74
Abstractor: ERIC
Des Moines Area Community College Workforce Training Academy Connect Program: Implementation and Early Impact Report. OPRE Report No. 2018-82
Hamadyk, Jill; Zeidenberg, Matthew
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
This report documents the implementation and early impacts of the Workforce Training Academy Connect (WTA Connect) program, operated by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Des Moines, Iowa. WTA Connect aimed to help low-income, low-skilled adults access and complete occupational training that can lead to increased employment and higher earnings. It is one of nine career pathways programs being evaluated under the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families. Using a rigorous research design, the study found that WTA Connect resulted in a modest increase in attainment of credentials by participants within the 18-month follow-up period, but no other educational or career impacts. Future reports will examine whether this credential effect translates into gains in employment and earnings. Primary research questions for the study include: (1) Was the intervention implemented as designed?; (2) How did services received differ between study participants who could access the WTA Connect program versus those who could not?; and (3) What were the effects of access to WTA Connect on short-term educational outcomes: credentials attained and hours of occupational training received?
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Abt Associates, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa (Des Moines)
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP2332007913YC
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations