About the Study

In 2016, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Employment and Training Administration and funded contractor Abt Associates to conduct the Evaluation of the Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy (CCCA) Pilot. The program evaluation aims to document the implementation and assess the impact of the CCCA pilot program.

The CCCA pilot program, located in Washington State, served Job Corps students aged 16—21 and recruited from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Like the conventional Job Corps model, CCCA was a residential program that met participants’ basic needs, such as food and healthcare, allowing them to concentrate on their education or training. The CCCA pilot partnered with a local community college to provide career pathways programs in the healthcare and information technology industries, connecting academic, career training, and social skills training with industry-recognized credentials, a secure job, and/or advances into community college and employment.

This Department of Labor-funded study was a result of the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year. It contributes to the labor evidence-base to inform employment and training programs and policies and addresses Departmental strategic goals and priorities.

This study was conducted with support from the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, Division of Research and Evaluation.

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The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.