Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) TAACCCT Round 4 Grant: Impact Evaluation Final Report
Author: Ashweeta Patnaik
Date: September 2018
Publication Type: Report, 60pp.
The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW) program was funded through a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA). The grant focused on creating or enhancing programs for the advanced manufacturing and transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) industries in the greater Memphis area. The goal of the grant was to prepare students for the labor market so that they would be able to obtain employment after program completion as well as to help employers meet their hiring needs. The grant sought to collaborate with employers in the manufacturing and TDL industries in order to develop programs to train students.
The evaluation of the GMACW TAACCCT program was focused on both process and outcomes/impacts and used both qualitative and quantitative data. A quasi-experimental design was used to assess the impacts of the program on student outcomes. A historical comparison cohort was used and comprised of individuals who enrolled in similar programs of study at the consortium colleges from a time period prior to the program implementation period.