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Using TAACCCT Grants to Develop and Expand Innovative Training


  • Community colleges provide education and career training for U.S. workers.
  • Abt evaluated Round 4 of the TAACCCT grant program.
  • The project ended in August 2020.
The Challenge

Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, the U.S. Department of Labor provided four rounds of grants to community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs. Grant-funded programs served unemployed and underemployed adults and prepared them for high-wage, high-skill occupations. 

The Approach

The Abt team evaluated the fourth and final round of TAACCCT grantees. Sub-studies were:

  • An outcomes study of nine grantees that describes the characteristics of TAACCCT participants, their service receipt, and their outcomes related to education, employment, and earnings.
  • An implementation study based on visits to the nine outcomes study grantees and a survey of all Round 4 TAACCCT colleges.
  • A synthesis of implementation, outcome, and impact findings from the grantees’ third-party evaluations.
  • An employer perspective study that documents “strong” employer-college relationships under the TAACCCT program and the nature and value of these relationships to employers.