TCI Leadership Program Announcement: Designing and Scaling Solutions for the Transition from TAACCCT Programs of Study to Employment

by Michelle Fox / Jul 28, 2015

The Transformative Change Initiative (TCI) is welcoming applications from Rounds 2 and 3 U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) consortium grantees to participate in a highly selective, short-term TCI Leadership Program. The focus of the new TCI Leadership Program is on designing and scaling solutions for the successful transition of TAACCCT participants from the completion of programs of study/education to employment, a persistent challenge for TAACCCT grantees.

To tackle this pressing issue and build the capacity of TAACCCT leaders and their institutions in a new and innovative way, the TCI Leadership Program will leverage behavioral science best practices to help TAACCCT leaders create institutional solutions that address this critical transition point for students. Decades of academic research in behavioral economics and psychology provide new insights about how to apply this knowledge to develop light-touch, low-cost interventions with outsized impact on human behaviors and outcomes. The TCI Leadership program will be implemented by ideas42 in partnership with the Collaboratory. Ideas42 is a non-profit leader that uses the power of behavioral science to design scalable solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems and brings deep knowledge and expertise in behavioral science to help design solutions that have impact to scale.  The TCI Leadership Program is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program will consist of two trainings and a coaching sequence that will be conducted over four months beginning in the fall. Rounds 2 and 3 of the TAACCCT consortium grantees, the lead college or member college of a consortium, are eligible to apply. Two representatives from 15 colleges will be chosen for the program. The deadline for application is August 10, 2015. Results from this leadership program will be disseminated in early 2016.

Michelle Fox
Director, TCI Leadership Program
The Collaboratory