Evaluates the replication of a highly successful community-based employment and training program and presents interim findings on the expansion of the model.

The Center for Employment Training [(CET)] is a successful “community-based employment and training organization” (p.i). The U.S. Department of Labor began an evaluation of efforts to replicate CET. “To investigate the potential benefits of CET-San Jose for out-of-school youth, the Evaluation of the CET Replication Sites was designed to examine the implementation experiences of these twelve sites, and to measure their impacts on a range of important outcomes, such as employment and earnings. This report addresses the first of these goals. It relies on data collected between 1996 and 1999 to document and explore the implementation experiences of the replication sites.” (p.ii). Findings were based on four distinct elements of the CTE model: “employment and training services designed to mirror the workplace, intensive participation in such services, the close involvement of industry in the design and operation of the program, and organizational capacity and stability” (p.ii).

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Major Findings & Recommendations

The evaluation conclusions are below: • “The CET model proved challenging to implement in its entirety, but many of its features appear adaptable to mainstream employment and training programs serving out-of-school youth. • The greatest challenge for sites was not implementing the CET model, but sustaining it. • Future attempts to replicate the CET model should consider organizational stability as a critical factor affecting program sustainability. • Replicating the CET model on a larger scale than that attempted in this demonstration may require new approaches. • The evaluation of the CET replication sites was successfully implemented, setting the stage for a future analysis of program impacts” (p.v–vi). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)