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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: 

  • Rethinking Job Search

    Client: Incite, Inc.

    Incite, Inc., a nonprofit corporation representing the Local Workforce Board for the Salem, Oregon region, received a five-year Workforce Innovation Fund grant to support its Rethinking Job Search program. Incite selected PPA to evaluate its program.

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  • Virginia Financial Success Network Evaluation

    Client: Virginia Community College System

    The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) was awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund grant to implement the Working Families Success Model in six of the state's American Job Centers. This approach combines three strategies: workforce and education services resulting in career advancements, income and work supports, and financial services and asset buildings.

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  • Retooling America

    Client: Danville Community College

    Danville Community College (DCC) in Virginia received a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant for its Retooling America initiative. The program helps veterans, workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade, and others develop skills and obtain family-supporting jobs.

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  • 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 in Wisconsin

    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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