About the Study

In 2014, the Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) partnered with the Office on Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to fund contractor Westat to conduct an evaluation of the Pathways to Careers project. The outcome evaluation aims to examine the implementation and impact of innovative models for providing integrated education and career development services to youth and young adults with disabilities.  

Two grantees, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York and Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, enrolled a total of 457 students and provided several services, including outreach and recruitment activities and academic and career counseling and support services (including opportunities for work-based learning). Grantees used the Guidepost for Success framework to develop services and support for participants and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle for the training of faculty and staff to ensure greater student access to the curriculum.

This Department of Labor-funded study includes a final report and an issue brief. It was a result of collaboration between CEO and ODEP during the annual process to determine the Department’s research priorities for the upcoming year and contributes to the growing labor evidence-base to inform community college and employment and training programs and policies.

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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.