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Past Projects

SUNY Community Colleges TAACCCT (Round 2) Evaluation (2013 - 2016)

In September 2012, State University of New York (www.suny.edu) Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the SUNY community colleges received a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to design, implement, and deliver a strategic approach to job training and education for high-need industries such as nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing during their Round 2 awards. 

The consortium of thirty community colleges known as the SUNY Statewide Community College Collaborative created the Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing (T.E.A.M.) Project. T.E.A.M. intended to design and deliver comprehensive training and education in the advanced manufacturing industry sector. This program served over 3,000 TAA-eligibleSUNY workers and veterans throughout New York State (NYS), and incorporated six newly designed technical certificate programs, as well as student services, a state-wide prior learning assessment, workforce readiness assessments, and fast tracked developmental education. The programs were designed to help students complete a technical certificate program in two years or less with the benefit of stacked and latticed industry recognized credentials. 

Hezel Associates implemented a mixed-methods approach incorporating non-experimental comparison group analysis and econometric modeling to illuminate factors that contributed to education and employment outcomes. The evaluation team was responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting to highlight both Impact and Implementation of the project by measuring the success of project goals and objectives and examining activities for quality and timely completion.