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Past Projects

Delaware Technical Community College TAACCCT (Round 1) Evaluation (2014 - 2015)

Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) is a 2-year institution of higher education consisting of four campuses across the state of Delaware (Dover, Georgetown, Stanton, and Wilmington). In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) awarded DTCC a Round 1 TAACCCT grant. The project focused on six DTCCprograms of study: Renewable Energy Solar degree, Information Security degree, Aviation Powerplant Maintenance certificate, Sustainable Landscaping certificate, Energy Efficient Manufacturing certificate, and Electronic Health Records certificate. Other grant activities included establishing an Accelerated Learning Program, two computer lab-based math courses, a remedial math course, a Learning Communities framework, a Delaware workforce development Center for Excellence, and an online portal for an Open Course Ware online repository.

Hezel Associates served as external evaluator for this Round 1 TAACCCT project, conducting a retrospective evaluation of the implementation and impact of program strategies and performance measures. The evaluation plan developed by Hezel Associates addressed nine main research questions. These questions were answered through a mixed-methods evaluation approach. Hezel Associates developed and implemented two instruments for this evaluation: a staff interview protocol and a document review framework. Hezel Associates analyzed extant data collected by DTCC to address the impact of the project on program completion, appropriate data on employment and earnings were not made available from the Delaware State Department of Labor. Data from all sources were analyzed and synthesized to provide DTCC project staff with a better understanding of the implementation and impact of the TAACCCT Round 1 project. This study was administered April 2014 through September 2015.