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.