The U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Department of Education developed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program to provide eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver 2-year career training programs that prepare program participants for employment in specialized fields. In April 2013, the Mission Critical Operations (MCO) consortium, led by Cleveland Community College, received a $4 million grant in support of their efforts to meet the needs of community college students in pursuit of certification or credentials in the field of critical infrastructure and cyber security. Over four years, the consortium developed and implemented research-based courses and training models that equipped students with the skills they needed to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, and respond to mission critical breaks and threats to cybersecurity. In collaboration with the Industrial Extension Service (now Industry Expansion Solutions) at NC State, the Friday Institute Evaluation Team is responsible for the formative and summative evaluation of the MCO program. More specifically, the evaluation team adopted both qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate and assess implementation of MCO programming within each community college partner in the MCO consortium.
This project has been archived.