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Hezel Associates Participates in 2015 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Hezel Associates was proud to participate in the 2015 JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge! The rain held off and we were able to run with a crowd of 7,864 runners and walkers from 278 companies in the 33rd annual running. This year, Honor Flight Syracuse was the beneficiary of the race. Honor Flight Syracuse has embarked on an ambitious mission to transport veterans from World War II and beyond to Washington, DC at no cost to them, to visit the memorials dedicated to their honor and sacrifice. Hezel Associates was honored to help support such a great cause.  Good job team!



Hezel Associates Hires Tashera Bolds

Hezel Associates has hired Tashera Bolds as a Research Assistant. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, Ms. Bolds worked as a graduate research assistant at Syracuse University. She engaged in various research projects surrounding STEM instructional learning environments, including both formal and informal contexts in K-12 settings. Ms. Bolds holds a master’s degree in instructional design, development, and evaluation from Syracuse University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in the same field as a Syracuse University STEM Fellow.

Find out more about Tashera by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/syd6yx


Hezel Associates Adds to its US DOL TAACCCT Portfolio

In addition to the evaluations for Rounds I, II, and III, Hezel Associates has been selected as the external evaluator for Delaware Technical Community College’s (www.dtcc.edu) US DOL TAACCCT Round IV grant. Delaware Tech received $2,394,110 in Federal funding for round 4. Over a four-year period, Hezel Associates will conduct all evaluation activities associated with the grant, addressing the development, implementation, and impact of the Round IV grant activities.

Its eleventh US DOL TAACCCT evaluation, Hezel Associates is conducting a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the program’s research questions. Researchers will gather data using annual reviews of program documentation; interviews with key program staff, industry partners, and program participants; and review of extant data prepared by the college and Delaware State Department of Labor. 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.

For more information, click here: http://tiny.cc/neuryx


Hezel Associates Staff Judge SUNY ESF Science Fair

Hezel Associates' CEO Kirk Knestis and Senior Research Analyst Sarah Stewart recently had the privilege of judging the SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry (www.esf.edu) Environmental Challenge – a science fair and career exploration opportunity designed especially for all Syracuse City School District seventh and eighth grade students.

The Environmental Challenge encourages student research, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking in hopes of exploring science and science-related careers. Students from 12 schools across the Syracuse City School District presented over 300 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects and were judged on the quality of science, their presentation, and their ability to answer questions.

Hezel Associates is proud to engage and encourage local students as they aspire to learn more about the STEM fields of study!



Eileen Ziobrowski Joins the Team

Hezel Associates has hired Eileen Ziobrowski as a Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining Hezel Associates, she served as the evaluator for two US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Prevention grants in Syracuse, NY, and Boston, MA. She has also acted as an independent consultant to the NYS Education Department and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. Eileen holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from SUNY Albany and will be contributing to Hezel Associates’ broad range of education and labor projects.

Find out more about Eileen by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/laivxx

Official announcement in Syracuse's Post Standard: http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/06/company_news_eileen_ziobrowski_joined_hezel_associates.html


Hezel Associates to Evaluate NHTI’s TAACCCT IV GET IT Program

NHTI, Concord’s Community College in New Hampshire (www.nhti.edu), has hired Hezel Associates as the third party evaluator for their Growing the Economy through Information Technology (GET IT) program. GET IT has been developed through a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant and is intended to create new facilities and delivery options for information technology programs, ultimately expanding the capacity of these associate degree and certificate programs.

Hezel Associates is tasked with assessing the implementation of the GET IT program and the impact it has on students. We are examining specific research questions regarding how and with what quality the program was implemented, as well as what student outcomes were attained in terms of employment and wage changes. Frequent formative feedback from Hezel Associates will assist GET IT project staff in making informed programmatic improvements along the way.

Click here to learn more: NHTI-Concord's Community College TAACCCT (Round 4)


Hezel Associates to Evaluate CAMI – Connecticut’s TAACCCT Round IV Project

Manchester Community College (MCC; www.manchestercc.edu) has been awarded a grant by the United States Department of Labor (US DOL) to be the lead institution for a Connecticut state-wide initiative. The Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI) project, supported by a US DOL Round IV Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant, aims to introduce new advanced manufacturing programs in mechatronics, machining, and welding to colleges throughout the state. MCC will lead 13 partner institutions to successfully train individuals to fill high-skill, high-wage jobs in advanced manufacturing.

Hezel Associates, LLC has been contracted by MCC to conduct an external evaluation of this project in order to monitor implementation, provide formative feedback for project improvements, and assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals for students. Hezel Associates will use a quasi-experimental, matched participant design with a comparison cohort to assess the impact of CAMI activities on desired career and educational outcomes.

To learn more about this innovative project, visit the website below: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=553964


Hezel Associates Collaborates Once Again with SIUE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE; www.stemideas.org) was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF; www.nsf.gov) to implement Digital East St. Louis (DESL) as part of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) initiative. Hezel Associates has been contracted to assist with the building of the DESL project’s research capacity, as well as conduct an external evaluation to (a) monitor project implementation; (b) provide formative feedback for project improvements; and (c) assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals and its contributions to the body of knowledge on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

During the study, SIUE and partners will develop and test a model for technology-focused urban place-based learning, aimed to motivate and help prepare minority middle-grade students to pursue STEM education and career pathways.

To learn more about this innovative project, visit the website below: