Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC)

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Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC)

Southeastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC) received a $16,558,431 Round Three grant award to expand and enhance the education and training opportunities in health care courses. Emphasis will be placed on serving rural communities and reservations to provide participants opportunities to continue their work while building a portfolio of stackable credentials.

Defining Features of Project:

  • Innovation 1: Develop national standards-based career pathway opportunities. The Consortium sought to accomplish this vision by developing or enhancing programs in welding, machining, and advanced manufacturing, three in-demand industries across all the SEELC communities. Within these pathways, staff at SEELC colleges identified gaps in their academic and training programs around teaching capacity, equipment capacity, program alignment, stacked and latticed credentials, transferability, and articulation agreements.
  • Innovation 2: Develop ongoing career support, including post-program assessment of competencies to facilitate immediate work readiness and job placement. The Consortium’s plan to accomplish this vision included utilizing a completion coach and outcomes and data specialist at each college to assist with tuition resources; track students as they go through the program, offering supports to mitigate challenges and coordinating with other resources; and collaborate with faculty to address academic issues to students’ success. Furthermore, the Consortium aimed to support this vision through technology-enabled learning, including procurement of Real Weld systems.
  • Innovation 3: Develop a regionally based economic approach to addressing worker skill needs, demonstrating the community college leadership role in economic and workforce development. The directive of each SEELC college under this innovation was to promote the development of a regionally based economic and education collaborative, including developing integrated strategies for working with business, industry, education, and economic development organizations.s.

Project and Outcome Report
ProjectSoutheastern Economic and Education Leadership Consortium (SEELC)
InstitutionPellissippi State Community College
Outcome ReportSEELC Final Evaluation Report
Industry SectorManufacturing
Grant Completed9/30/17
Grant Amount$12,665,720
State Profile ReportTennessee State Profile Report
Participation Metrics
Participation2,074 participants
Completed program of study1,127
Participants earning credentials1,513
Employment*172 employed after completion

*= As of the time of the Final Evaluation Report
Source: Grantee’s Third-Party Evaluation