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Education & Workforce Development

Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA) has worked with a wide range of local, state, and federal clients to help them achieve their goals of improving educational outcomes, producing a well-trained workforce, and meeting employer needs.

Under the leadership of Colleen Graber, Director of Workforce Development and Education, PPA brings together knowledge of multiple complex systems with a strong research skill set to understand pressing challenges facing practitioners.  PPA has a long history of evaluating creative regional workforce development initiatives and providing strategic consultation to workforce agencies.  PPA is currently evaluating several projects funded through U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund and Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants.  In addition, PPA’s research has resulted in informative products on varied topics, including trends in the health care workforce, women and “green” careers, supplemental education services, and place-based scholarship programs.

Some examples of our current and recently completed work are: 

  • Workforce Innovation Fund

    PPA is conducting rigorous Workforce Innovation Fund evaluations of Round 1 and Round 2 grants in multiple states. Although focused on different areas of need, these programs have in common an interest in improving outcomes through systems change.

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  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training

    Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, selected Public Policy Associates, Inc. to evaluate its Advanced Manufacturing Pathways (AMP) PLUS program. The goal of AMP PLUS is to train veterans and workers who have lost their jobs because of global trade for skilled jobs.

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  • Lifelong Learning Accounts Evaluation

    Client: Ford Foundation and the Council for Experiential Learning

    The Ford Foundation asked PPA to conduct a six-year longitudinal evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLA), a national demonstration project testing a new financing mechanism for employment training and education benefits.

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  • Health Care Workforce Development in Michigan 2010

    Client: Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth

    The health care industry is a growing sector of Michigan's economy. The Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth selected PPA to analyze trends and changes in Michigan's health care workforce landscape.

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  • Women's Bureau Guide to Green Jobs

    Client: U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau

    When the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau launched a major initiative to help women find good jobs and careers in the emerging green sectors, it turned to PPA’s team to produce a comprehensive online guide. Our researchers studied secondary sources and conducted interviews in order to develop a guide to help women identify job opportunities, locate training programs, and plan careers.

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