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ERIC Number: ED615555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 99
Abstractor: ERIC
Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement: Implementation and Early Impact Report. Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education. OPRE Report 2017-83
Rolston, Howard; Copson, Elizabeth; Gardiner, Karen
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
This report provides evidence on the implementation and early impacts of one promising effort to meet the needs of low-income students and local employers for skilled workers, the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA). VIDA, a community-based organization, is one of nine career pathways programs in the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) study sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families. VIDA's primary goal is for participants to graduate with an associate's degree or industry-recognized certificate in a high-demand occupation and find employment that pays a living-wage. VIDA supports full-time enrollment at local colleges through required attendance at weekly intensive counseling sessions, as well as through substantial financial assistance. For participants who are not college-ready, VIDA offers an accelerated basic skills academy. Using a rigorous research design, the study found that the VIDA program significantly increased the total number of college credits earned within a 24-month follow-up period. These effects are among the largest observed in rigorous studies of programs intended to increase low-income students' enrollment and completion of post-secondary education. The program also increased rates of full-time college enrollment, enrollment more generally, and summer school enrollment. Finally, it increased the attainment of college credentials. Future reports will examine whether these effects translate into gains in employment and earnings.
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
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: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP2332007913YC
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations