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Project

Evaluation of the Mesa Community College Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI) Career Pathways Program

Official Title
Third Party Evaluator for the Mesa Community College Advanded Manufacturing Intitue, Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Career and Community College Training (TAACCCT) Grant
Location(s)
Mesa, Arizona
Dates
02/2014 – 09/2017
Market
Workforce Development Practice Areas
Education Practice Areas
Practice Areas
Career Pathways and Sector Partnerships
STEM
TAACCCT
Workforce Development
Workforce Training
Services
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Mixed Method Evaluations
Client
Maricopa Community Colleges
Methodologies
Focus Groups
In-depth Interviews
Mixed Methods Research
Quasi-experimental Impact Evaluations

The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) program provides academic support to Trade Adjustment Assistance affected workers, older nontraditional students, and veterans. The TAACCCT grant provided Mesa Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College system, with funds to purchase new equipment and add new curriculum to the AzAMI program.

IMPAQ is evaluating the effectiveness of AzAMI program. The results will show how effectively the program improves education and employment outcomes in advanced manufacturing.

We are using a mixed methods approach, including a quasi-experimental analysis and a process study. We will analyze the baseline and follow-up data to measure the effect of the program on education and employment outcomes.

We are also identifying best practices and lessons learned, to help scale the program for future interventions. Our team consists of senior researchers, analysts, and local survey practitioners who combine their decades of experience in mixed methods research, survey design and sampling, global health, and education domains.