Workforce Development

Challenges, Promising Programs, and Effective Practices in Adult and Developmental Education

Challenges, Promising Programs, and Effective Practices in Adult and Developmental Education
Authors: Rheagan D. Coffey, Tara Carter Smith
Date: February 2011
Publication Type: Report

This report presents an overview of the current state of adult education in Tulsa and in the U.S., and highlights successful programs in the areas of GED/Adult Basic Education, ESL Education, and Developmental Education. The paper reviews challenges in the three areas, as well as best practices in adult education, and provides recommendations for further consideration and exploration for adult education stakeholders in the Tulsa community.


Non-Custodial Parent Choices Establishment Pilot: Early Implementation Results

Non-Custodial Parent Choices Establishment Pilot: Early Implementation Results

Authors: Daniel Schroeder, Amna Khan
Date: December 2010
Publication Type: Report. 40pp.

The NCP Choices Establishment Pilot (NCP Choices EP) incorporates major elements of the existing NCP Choices enforcement program into the establishment proceedings to facilitate early intervention and monitoring efforts on the part of child support field staff, with the goal of reducing the number of NCPs ultimately needing enforcement action.

CareerAdvance: A Dual Generation Antipoverty Strategy

CareerAdvance Implementation Report

Authors: Robert W. Glover, Tara Carter Smith, Christopher T. King, and Rheagan Coffey
August 2010
Publication Type:

The report evaluates the first year implementation of CareerAdvance, a pilot program conducted by the Community Action Project (CAP) of Tulsa County aimed at providing low-income parents of children enrolled in early childhood education centers with workforce training, education and skill certification. The study documents the accomplishments of the program in its initial year of operation, reviews the challenges faced by the program and its participants, and draws lessons and recommendations from the experience.



Rapid Employment Model Evaluation: Update #2

Rapid Employment Model Evaluation: Update #2
Tara C. Smith, Christopher T. King, Daniel G. Schroeder
Date: January 2010
Publication Type: Evaluation Report
This report is the third in a series of evaluations conducted of Travis County’s Rapid Employment Model pilot project sponsored by Workforce Solutions – Capital Area. This project seeks to demonstrate that work readiness and short-term occupational skills training, combined with active job placement assistance, can lead to successful employment outcomes for jobseekers who might otherwise struggle in the labor market. This report focuses on project outcomes and results from a quasi-experimental impact analysis.

Additional information about the Ray Marshall Center’s work in evaluating the Rapid Employment Model is available here.


Texas Non-Custodial Parent Choices: Program Impact Analysis

Texas Non-Custodial Parent Choices: Program Impact Analysis

Authors: Daniel Schroeder and Nicholas Doughty.
Date: August 2009
Publication Type:
Full Report (PDF). 127pp.
In 2005, the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Workforce Commission, and child support courts initiated a five-site child support compliance and employment pilot project linking IV-D courts, OAG child support, and local workforce development boards.  The project, called NCP Choices, provides employment services linked to enhanced child support monitoring to low-income non-custodial parents (NCPs) who have fallen behind on their child support payments.  The pilot was expanded in 2007 to include an additional six sites, and expansion continues to this date.


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