Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC) Evaluation

The Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC) was a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant-funded project with two primary goals. The first was to enhance energy-related programming in the state through the transformation of curricula into more accessible formats using technology and mobile learning labs. The second was a complete redesign of the developmental education (DE) pathways in the state. Colorado received this $17.3 million grant in 2011. The project ended with its fourth and final year on September 30, 2015, under a no-cost extension from the USDOL.  

Pueblo Community College Mobile Learning Lab

A Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant for $17.3 million was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to the Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium (COETC). The Consortium is focused on enhancing current energy-related programs with the goal of training highly qualified workers for businesses that are seeking a skilled workforce. The funds are being used for curricular redesign and the technology needed to bridge the gap between existing workforce skills and emerging energy industry needs. The project facilitates partnerships between energy-related businesses, community colleges, and local workforce centers to train unemployed and under-employed workers with skills they need for placement in some of Colorado’s highest-paying and most in-demand jobs. In addition, workers who have been out of school for a while and who require remediation to succeed in college-level work will benefit from a complete redesign of remedial education using nationally recognized best practices to help students enter and succeed in the fast-growing energy industry in Colorado.

Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) is participating as the third-party evaluator for the duration of this grant. EERC will identify critical measures of program implementation and evaluate how successfully outlined project goals are being met. The evaluation team uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods for its formative and summative assessments.


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