The TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grant program allows community colleges and other higher education eligible institutions to use federal funds to expand and improve their education and career training programs. SC ACCELERATE (South Carolina Adult Education through E-Learning and Academic Tracks to Employment) is a federally funded four-year grant designed to assist older adults, especially those impacted negatively by international trade, transition to more highly skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing. The project emphasized specific strategies to meet its goals-targeted supportive services, new online course offerings, individual assessments, and entrepreneurship training. A curriculum design team at the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development assisted the colleges with developing online courses targeted to adult learners.
IMPAQ assessed the implementation and outcomes of the TAACCCT grant awarded to the Greenville Technical College in South Carolina. This project is one of nine TAACCCT projects IMPAQ evaluated during this time.
Our evaluation included an evaluability assessment, a performance assessment, and formative and summative implementation evaluations. We also provided technical assistance as requested.
Our team consisted of senior researchers and analysts with decades of experience in workforce development and training, mixed methods research, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. They are using a mixed-methods approach to evaluate the project’s relevance, implementation, and sustainability. This approach included in-depth site visits to conduct interviews with stakeholders, and analyses of both qualitative and quantitative program data.