Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative Bridge Program (BAWFC) Evaluation 1.0

2012-2015

A multiyear evaluation of CTE bridge programs at four Bay Area community colleges designed to advance the success of students with education and employment barriers.

The RP Group conducted a multiyear evaluation (2012-2014) of community college career technical education (CTE) bridge programs implemented with support from the Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC).

Over two years, BAWFC grantees imple­mented models that engaged participant cohorts in a semester of contextualized basic skills and technical coursework, and integrated student support and career exploration. Completion of the bridge semester prepared participants to pursue additional training leading to a com­munity college credential and ultimately employment in the related CTE pathway. Grantees included:

  • Cabrillo College: Accelerated Medical Assisting Program
  • City College of San Francisco: Bridge to Biosciences
  • Laney College: Industrial Maintenance Training Program
  • Skyline College: Allied Health Career Advancement Academy

The RP Group’s comprehensive evaluation of these initiatives reveals insights in three primary areas for educators, policy makers and funders interested in applying a CTE bridge approach to preparing students with academic and employment barriers for continued education and the workforce: (1) student outcomes and impact, (2) program design and implementation, and (3) future evaluation. 

To learn more, read CTE Bridge Programs: Advancing the Success of Students with Educational and Employment Barriers: Insights from a Multiyear Evaluation of Four Bay Area Community College Initiatives, a research brief summarizing key findings and considerations from this evaluation.

 

For more information, contact Kelley Karandjeff, Project Director.