The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program was a $1.9 billion initiative, with 256 grants awarded to institutions of higher education (mainly community colleges) to build their capacity to provide workforce education and training programs. TAACCCT was comprised of four rounds of grants that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) administered from 2011 to 2018. 

The reports here describe findings from the national evaluation of the first three rounds. Future reports will describe findings of the last round. 

The synthesis reports are based on relevant findings from a review of 143 evaluation reports that assessed specific TAACCCT projects for Rounds 1-3. Each of the reports were completed by a third-party evaluator, as required under the grant. This approach was intended to support the capacity of community colleges to better understand, invest in, and use data and research to design, improve, and evaluate their TAACCCT programs, as well as to build evidence on lessons learned about career pathways strategies. The synthesis reports identify common themes and findings across the three rounds of the completed evaluation reports.

The Urban Institute, Abt Associates, and their partners prepared the reports for DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office.

DOL’s recent grant announcement for Strengthening Community Colleges encourages grantees to use evidence to ensure integration of best practices. Findings from the reports can help further inform these and future grant announcements. 

Synthesis Reports (download from Related Content on the left): 

  • Synthesis of Findings from Rounds 1 and 2 TAACCCT Third-Party Evaluations
  • Systems Change in Community Colleges: Lessons from a Synthesis of the Round 3 TAACCCT Third-Party Evaluations
  • Synthesis of Impact Findings from Round 3 TAACCCT Third-Party Evaluations

The TAACCCT national evaluation’s implementation reports are located here.