The National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC) project is funded through the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The NISGTC Consortium includes community colleges, community agencies, and partner employers which seek to improve information technology professions training through funding received in the award of a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is conducting external evaluation of the NISGTC Consortium. OCCRL employs Pathways to Results to support continuous improvement and sustainable practices. The evaluation will assess progress and implementation, outcome measures, student progress as well as continuous improvement and sustainability.
The NISGTC Consortium seeks to increase the attainment of degrees, certificates, and other industry-recognized credentials as well as better prepare the targeted population for high-wage, high skill employment in information technology professions.There are four priority strategies:
- Accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers
- Improve retention and achievement rates to reduce time to completion
- Build programs that meet industry needs, including developing career pathways
- Strengthen online and technology-enabled learning
The NISGTC Consortium includes 7 community colleges:
- Collin College, McKinney, TX (Lead)
- Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
- Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA
- Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
- Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
- Rio Salado College, Tempe, AZ
- Salt Lake City Community College, Salt Lake City, UT
The four information technology disciplines NISGTC is addressing are:
- Networking and data communication
- Applications development and analytics
- Geospatial technologies
The NISGTC Consortium seeks to galvanize a national movement to improve information technology training and education with three major goals in mind:
- Provide trade-impacted and low-skilled workers with adequate preparation, support, and opportunities to complete post-secondary training in information technology that provide credentials aligned with job advancement.
- Expand and enhance the information technology workforce with the competencies needed by industry.
- Build the capacity of community colleges to continuously assess student and employment outcomes and use this information to improve the quality of information technology programs.
The Office of Community College Research and Leadership seek to provide program evaluation and support to consortium partner members. These efforts are to enhance opportunities for educational attainment by evaluating programs across the consortium. OCCRL will work with the Consortium and with the individual colleges to implement and use a common data system to track and assess progress, establish a Consortium Data Quality Team, ensure the compliance of all aspects of the External Evaluation with Humans Subjects (IRB) and all other privacy concerns, develop data sharing agreements, establish the NISGTC data dictionary, establish baseline for progress and implementation measures, conduct site visits and report regularly and in a timely fashion on the progress and implementation measures.