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To Improve & To Prove: Year Up’s Professional Training Corps

David Fein, Rebecca Maynard, Rebecca Baelen, Azim Shivji, and Phomdaen Souvanna


November 9, 2020

Year Up’s Professional Training Corps (PTC) adapted its successful workforce program for low-income young adults to operate in college settings to reduce costs and enhance scalability. The one-year program provides six months of training in basic academic, professional, and occupational skills, extensive supports, a behavior contract, and a six-month internship. Abt conducted several “mini-studies” of implementation challenges; assessed implementation fidelity; and implemented a small randomized controlled trial to measure overall impacts. This final report shares encouraging findings from mini-studies and documents progress in implementing the program.