Evaluation of Raritan Valley Community College’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant

January 1, 2010

Evaluation of Raritan Valley Community College's workforce development programs and student progress.

The Heldrich Center evaluated Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) implementation of its workforce development programs and tracked the progress of the students who participated in those programs. Researchers worked with the college to develop an “early alert” system to help identify students who were at risk of dropping out so that services could be targeted to meet their needs and help them remain in college. In addition, the Heldrich Center calculated graduation rates and used administrative data to calculate key labor market outcomes, including the entered employment rate, average earnings, and the retention rate. Heldrich Center researchers benchmarked these outcomes by comparing the higher education and employment outcomes of participants in the college’s workforce development programs to those of similar students who participated in different programs. Throughout this process, the Heldrich Center and RVCC collaborated, and the center relayed findings from the evaluation to the college to support its efforts to continuously improve its workforce development programs.

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U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration