The Heldrich Center is currently evaluating Essex County College’s implementation of information technology programs in the areas of cybersecurity, health information technology, and software development under a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program involves a partnership with several organizations, including Jobs for the Future, Wider Opportunities for Women, Social Solutions, IQ4 and the Newark Alliance to create credit-bearing courses to facilitate the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for IT credentials and development of a database and program to match student skills with employer internship needs. The Center, from 2013 to 2017, is examining the implementation of the program, including reviews of program progress relative to curriculum development, student assessment, and partnership roles and contributions. The Center is tracking the progress of the students in these programs, conducting an analysis of the program processes, and calculating employment outcomes for students. To document student outcomes, the Heldrich Center is calculating graduation rates and using administrative data and wage records to calculate key labor market outcomes, including the entered employment rate, average earnings, and the retention rate.
(Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration)