Research Conducted by Associate Professor, Kevin Grosskopf

Innovations Moving People to Achieve Certified Training (IMPACT)

As part of a $725K grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction has begun the development of innovative skills assessment and training strategies for U.S. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) eligible workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. TAA-eligible workers are generally older individuals (avg. 48 years of age) who were long-tenured in their previous job (avg. 13 years) and have basic skills (82% with high school or GED). However, most possess ‘on-the-job’ skills that are not well documented or transferable. In addition, TAA-eligible workers have unique barriers to training and re-employment programs which are typically designed for younger workers with higher levels of adult basic education. Specifically, the DSAEC will help Nebraska’s community colleges develop several STEM-related credentials that individually, may improve near-term re-employment outcomes, and collectively, be ‘stacked’ toward a 2-yr or 4-yr degree. These credentials will consist of 12-16 credit hours of ‘core’ curricula followed by concentration in one (or more) of 7 specialty tracks.

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