Education and Employment Research Center

About

Rutgers’ Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is housed within the School of Management and Labor Relations. EERC conducts research and evaluations on education and workforce development programs and policies. 

Offerings

Our offerings include research, evaluation and technical assistance services.

Areas of Expertise Include

  • State and Federal Workforce Development Systems
  • Developmental Education
  • Online Learning
  • College Completion
  • Community Colleges
  • Workplace Literacy
  • Sector Strategies
  • Reentry and Workforce Development

Current Projects and Activities:

Past Projects

With a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education, EERC and the National Association of Workforce Boards implemented the Adult College Completion (ACC) program. The overarching goal of this program was to shift policies and practices within the Workforce Investment System towards the goal of promoting college completion as a possibility for short-term training for clients and to conduct research to determine what difference college completion makes for both client and performance outcomes in the workforce system. The final report can be found here.
 
EERC served as the evaluation team for the Community Health Worker Training Program, funded by a State of New Jersey Opportunity4Jersey training grant. The Community Health Worker Training program sought to meet two important needs in NJ simultaneously: the increasing demanded for efficiently administered healthcare services for at-risk NJ residents, and the need to return unemployed workers to productive paid employment. The final evaluation report can be found here.
 
Colorado Sector Strategy Evaluation
EERC conducted a formative/process and summative/outcome evaluation on the Colorado Sector Strategy Initiative. In 2009 the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Colorado Workforce Development Council announced the Colorado SECTORS Planning Grants, which were awarded through a competitive process to workforce regions or sub-regions. In total, 10 grants were awarded, targeting the aerospace, health care, manufacturing, renewable energy, and water/wastewater management sectors. EERC conducted an evaluation on how this program works and its effectiveness through a summative/outcome evaluation. The findings can be found here.
 
Workforce Online Learning Industry Portal (WOLIP)
In an effort to tailor and coordinate specific online training needs within and across states, the U. S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration awarded grants in 2008 to Colorado, Maine, Mississippi and Pennsylvania to pilot a demonstration project called the Collaborative Online Workforce Education and Training Portal. This demonstration project was evaluated. Important findings on online learning, the Great Recession, gender and workforce development, and the value of a portal emerged. The final report can be found here.
 

Contact Us

Contact the Education and Employment Research Center at 848-445-9453
 
Heather McKay, Director
848-445-4735
 
Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director
848-445-4734