“Credentials, Acceleration and Support for Employment (CASE)—a collaborative effort of all 17 Oregon community colleges, the state’s workforce investment boards, the Oregon Employment Department Central Trade Act Unit, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission/Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, employers, and community partners—aimed to improve educational and employment outcomes for Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) eligible, unemployed, and underemployed workers.
To achieve this goal, CASE advanced three strategies:
• Career pathways – Creating new and expanding existing career pathway certificate programs that target emerging and demand occupations and are based on industry driven competencies, and developing adult basic skills/developmental education bridge and career/technical education curricula. One element of this work was engaging employers in education and training programs and work-based learning” (p.1).
• “Career coaching – Providing coaching, services, supports, connections to other community college, public and community resources, and job related assistance in order to increase retention, completion, credential attainment, and employment. One element of this work was partnering with the public workforce system.
• Credit for prior learning – Increasing use of credit for prior learning (CPL) as a way to accelerate time to completion and, as a result, employment.
CASE was funded through an $18.68 million, three year Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the US Department of Labor. TAACCCT grants were provided to community colleges and other institutions of higher education to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less...and prepare participants for employment in high wage, high skill occupations, while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers. The grant was awarded in October 2011 and, with a no cost extension, ran through September 2015.
This evaluation report—which covers CASE’s first three years of 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14—documents and evaluates CASE’s results and identifies key issues that surfaced during the evaluation and their implications for policy, practice, and systems” (p.1).
Full title: Oregon Credentials, Acceleration and Support for Employment (CASE) Evaluation Report: Results, Key Issues and Implications for Policy, Practice and Systems