|Principal Investigator:||Christopher T. King, PhD|
|Sponsor:||Texas Workforce Commission via Skillpoint Alliance|
|Research Partners:||Skillpoint Alliance|
|Project Duration:||April 2010 – June 2011|
|Description:||Skillpoint Alliance’s Gateway Allied Health program seeks to train, credential, and provide job placement assistance to under- and unemployed Central Texans in the high-demand allied health sector, focusing on jobs in Medical Insurance Billing and Medical Office/Customer Service. The program employs a rapid training model using curricula directly linked to industry standards, based upon experience with Skillpoint’s successful Construction Gateway program. Participation in Gateway Allied Health is designed to result in industry-recognized credentials. In addition, the program includes a component to help participants learn soft skills to enable them to obtain, retain and advance in the health care industry.
The Ray Marshall Center is evaluating the effectiveness of the Gateway Allied Health program. With Skillpoint and its partners, including Austin Community College, the Center is developing an evaluation strategy appropriate to the size, scope, and nature of the project. The Center is accessing data from the program as well as key state agencies (e.g., Texas Workforce Commission) for the evaluation. Center researchers will produce quarterly reports and a design for continuing to evaluate the Gateway Allied Health program in the future.