This toolkit provides career pathways consortia leaders with tools and strategies to create a sustainability plan for innovations created through Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants and highlights examples of sustainable innovations for each of the TAACCCT core elements.

“This toolkit is designed to support the sustainability of the programs and innovations developed by grantees through the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. It has been developed for project managers, directors, and others responsible for implementing and overseeing TAACCCT grants” (p.1). “These innovations can be successful program practices, institutional policies, instructional designs, new staff roles such as navigators—any key innovation that has been created through…grant efforts and that contributed to…success. Once [programs have] identified and prioritized innovations to sustain or scale, the toolkit will help [them] develop a plan to ensure that they become a permanent part of how [a] college/consortium helps students build successful careers” (p.2). The toolkit provides a guide and accompanying worksheets to help guide TAACCCT planning teams.  “The questions and the examples in each worksheet…will help …guide [a] planning team through a process that includes analyzing…progress, identifying opportunities to sustain and scale key elements of success, and developing a full sustainability work plan” (p.7).

Additionally, the toolkit describes “a few of the many innovations created across the core elements of TAACCCT, and provides examples of the strategies that grantees have used to sustain those innovations” (p.4). Strategies and corresponding examples include:

1.    “Creating a Permanent, For-Credit Offering” (p.4)

    a. “Embedding industry-recognized credentials in programs of study” (p.4)

    b. “Expanding credit for prior learning” (p.4)

2.    “Creating Registered Apprenticeships” (p.5)

    a. “Developing work-based learning elements” (p.5)

3.    “Building a Case for Funding by Showing a Return on Investment” (p.5)

    a. “Adding greater student support” (p.5)

4.    “Adopting New Designs as Permanent Offerings of the College” (p.6)

    a. “Developing new instructional designs” (p.6)

5.    “Obtaining Statewide Funding and Adopting Practice Statewide” (p.6)

    a. “Redesigned developmental education” (p.6)

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