WTA Connect offered occupational training, academic advising, and employment services to adults who were low skilled in order to prepare them for enrollment in the WTA.

WTA Connect offered occupational training, academic advising, and employment services to adults who were low skilled in order to prepare them for enrollment in the WTA.

The program provided a life-skills course and internet-based instruction designed to improve math and reading skills to the ninth-grade level. After completing the initial education, participants could enroll in occupational training in certificate courses, including courses in the administrative support, health care, and manufacturing fields. Participants began with a life-skills course that lasted 17 hours, progressed to occupational training courses that lasted between 2.5 and 16 weeks, and finished with 24 hours of career-readiness training. WTA Connect was aimed at adults who were low income and who had math and reading skills at the sixth- to eighth-grade level. This study took place in Des Moines, IA. This study was part of the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education evaluation.

Year evaluation began: 2012
Populations and employment barriers:
Intervention services: Education, Supportive services, Training, Occupational or sectoral training, Soft skills training, Work readiness activities, Employment coaching, Job search assistance
Setting(s): Urban only

Effectiveness Rating and Effect By Outcome Domain

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Outcome domain Term Effectiveness rating Effect in 2018 dollars and percentages Effect in standard deviations Sample size
Increase earnings Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase employment Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Decrease benefit receipt Short-term No evidence to assess support
Long-term No evidence to assess support
Very long-term No evidence to assess support
Increase education and training All measurement periods Little evidence to assess support favorable 6% (in percentage points) 0.12 743

Sample Characteristics

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State or region: Iowa

Participant race and ethnicity
Black or African American
47%
White, not Hispanic
34%
Hispanic or Latino of any race
15%
Unknown or not reported
4%

Studies of this Intervention

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Study Quality Rating Study Counts per Rating
High High 1