Evaluation of TAACCCT Grant-Funded Manufacturing Employment Training Program

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Labor

CNA Education is currently serving as the third-party evaluator for the Southwest SOLUTIONS program at Southwest Tennessee Community College, in Memphis, Tennessee. Through funding from a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the College developed a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree program titled Industrial Process Control Technology to provide training for high-skill occupations in manufacturing process control.

The Industrial Process Control Technology program provides courses, on-the-job training, online manufacturing learning modules, and student support services for those who are interested in careers as maintenance technicians or process technicians. Students who earn an associate of applied science degree have the option to concentrate in curriculum tracks that prepare them to be either a maintenance technician or a process technician. The program has the support of several employer partners.

CNA Education’s evaluation is examining the program’s implementation and impact on student outcomes, using a quasi-experimental design to measure student educational attainment. Quantitative analyses are supplemented with qualitative analyses drawing on a rich mixture of data collected through document reviews, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and classroom observations.

TN SOLUTIONS is one of two TAACCCT grants for which CNA has served as a third-party evaluator. Read about our evaluation of the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) here.

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