A consortium of nine Colorado community colleges and Metro State University – Denver began a project to realign Colorado’s higher education manufacturing certificate and degree programs with the current and future needs of industry employers.

With a $24.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the consortium worked with employers to create or redesign educational programs so that program participants could earn credits toward a degree or a certificate for prior learning in industry. The grant was awarded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program.

The Rutgers Education and Employment Research Center (EERC) evaluated the program by identifying critical measures of its implementation and by evaluating how project goals were being met. The evaluation included a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods in its assessment.


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