TAACCCT Conceptual Framework

This diagram depicts the TAACCCT conceptual framework. It illustrates current workforce needs, TAACCCT activities, capacity building output, and expected long term outcomes of the TAACCCT grant program. Current workforce needs includes the following 1) new and upgraded skills for TAA eligible workers and other workers 2) systems to be better connected and integrated with each other 3) improve capacity of community colleges to train students for high-demand occupations 4) employers’ need for skilled workers and 5) the transformation of training for adults. TAACCCT training activities include education and training program development, as well as the six TAACCCT core elements of evidence-based design, career pathways, advanced online and technology-enabled learning, strategic alignment with workforce system and other stakeholders, alignment with previously-funded TAACCCT projects, and sector strategies and employer engagement.

The framework also identifies TAACCCT capacity building outputs as student/participant education outcomes and the creation of innovative education and training strategies. Student/participant education outcomes include enrollment, persistence, completion, and credential attainment. Establishing innovative education and training strategies include: expand student services, train and hire staff; upgrade supplies/equipment; build or improve technology infrastructure; add new facilities or renovate existing facilities; develop articulation agreements across different institutions; build or improve evaluation capacity; and develop partnerships with employers, other institutions, and the community.

The TAACCCT grant program aims to result in long term outcomes of improved student/participant employment and earning outcomes; skilled workforce to meet employer demand; well-connected, efficient systems in community/region; increased employer involvement; and effective training programs at community colleges with capacity to serve students. These needs, TAACCCT activities, outputs, and outcomes are all affected by current economic conditions and the policy/budget climate.