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Alpena Community College USDOL TAACCCT (Round 4) Evaluation (2015-2018)

In fall 2014, the USDOL awarded Alpena Community College (ACC; discover.alpenacc.edu) in Michigan a Round 4 TAACCCT grant. Starting in June 2015, the college engaged Hezel Associates as the external Alpenaevaluator for the four-year project focusing on four STEM programs: aerospace, cybersecurity, green energy/smart grid, and advanced manufacturing. Hezel Associates is conducting all evaluation activities associated with the grant, as required by the USDOL, addressing the development, implementation, and impact of the grant activities.

Hezel Associates is using a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the research questions. Hezel Associates researchers gather data using annual reviews of program documentation; interviews with key program staff and industry partners/stakeholders; focus groups and a questionnaire with program participants; and review of extant data prepared by the college and external data sources. In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates is using a quasi-experimental, matched participant design using propensity score matching to identify a comparison group for the programs of study. The Project Director and other stakeholders benefit from a formative and summative evaluation, including recommendations, supplied through three interim reports and one final report, to be delivered in September 2018.