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Current Projects

EdAdvance CT Pathways to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Entrepreneurship (2016-2019)

EdAdvance received a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant to create a novel iteration of the Center for 21st Century Skills’ instructional model. The model is designed to engage predominately underrepresented students from diverse technical high schools and comprehensive high schools in challenge-based Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) coursework. The coursework is in close alignment with the Connecticut (CT) Advanced Manufacturing Initiative underway in the CT State Colleges and University system, including all 12 CT Community Colleges’ College of Technology technician degree programs. The proposededadvance curricula will engage students in design, research, refinement, and launching, to advance 21st century AMT core competencies, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurial skills. As the project external evaluator, Hezel Associates will provide independent oversight of internal project evaluation activities. 

The evaluation plan for the proposed CPI-AMTE project includes formative and summative elements, and a comparative quasi-experimental design study of Technical High School vs. Comprehensive High School project implementation sites. This comparative study will examine differences in fidelity of implementation and student outcomes, specifically entrepreneurial skill development, 21st century inquiry skill acquisition, mathematics and science engagement, college and career readiness, and career interest in STEM. The project’s internal evaluator will conduct the evaluation activities and a Hezel Associates researcher will oversee the project evaluation design and comparative study design, collaborate on logic model development, and prepare the summative evaluation. Hezel Associates’ continued oversight will assist program staff in making informed programmatic improvements.