Reinvesting in Advanced Manufacturing: Evaluating TAACCCT Grants
Advanced manufacturing plays a vital role in the current and future economic prosperity of the United States. To support community colleges in the development of industry-aligned training programs in manufacturing and other industries, USDOL awarded nearly $2 billion in Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants to over 700 colleges. The resources below assess the impacts of three TAACCCT grants that created advanced manufacturing training programs.
An Evaluation of the Manufacturing Advancement and Assessment Center (MAAC) Program. 2016. This report describes the implementation of a TAACCT-funded manufacturing training program at Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in Minnesota. Implementation findings indicate that “MAAC increased HTC’s capacity to provide manufacturing students with access to state-of-the-art software and training equipment.” The report also estimates impacts on students’ academic and employment outcomes through a quasi-experimental evaluation design. It cites that “MAAC students were successful with respect to completing credit hours…completing awards…and receiving a wage increase after graduation.”
Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) TAACCCT Round II Grant Final Evaluation Report. 2016. This report evaluates a competency-based model to enhance partner capacity building, curriculum design, and delivery of the M-SAMC TAACCCT grant. “[M-SAMC] represents a collaboration of 13 partner colleges across 10 states whose shared aim is to design innovative program models to improve manufacturing education. Data sources included student demographic and other baseline information, college records, state quarterly earnings records, and participant surveys. The evaluation found that “a wide range of [capacity building] activities [were] engaged by the colleges from seminars to online learning, to focused industry developed training for their equipment.” Additionally, “several colleges accomplished increases in diversity in terms of gender, race, incumbent workers, or Pell-eligible students.”
Impact Evaluation of New England Institute of Technology’s Shipbuilding/Marine Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) Program TAACCCT II Grant. 2016. This evaluation report presents employment and earnings outcomes of the SAMI program in Rhode Island. The TAACCCT-funded program provides welding and machine trade training to unemployed workers from blue-collar and low-skill service industries. To conduct the net impact study, the evaluation team used propensity-score matching, a quasi-experimental method, to compare participants with similar unemployed workers. The evaluation found that “…SAMI participants had an employment rate that was 1.17 times that of the matched comparison group.” “SAMI participants were [also] about 1.09 times more likely to be employed [after completing the program] relative to the matched comparison group.”