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The WorkAdvance Model


Tulsa Community WorkAdvance is unique because we use a sector-based, dual-customer approach to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in power sectors. We provide job seekers with no-cost technical training, job placement, and extensive career coaching services. All training and services are targeted in power sectors, like manufacturing and healthcare, to provide businesses with skilled, qualified and certified workers to help businesses grow and remain competitive in our economy.

TCW was part of a 5-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) research study with four national sites to test the effectiveness of the WorkAdvance model. This rigorous evaluation compared a program group who received WorkAdvance services to a control group who did not receive services. Through the study, the WorkAdvance model has been proven to help people earn more money, complete training, find employment and secure a job with benefits and advancement opportunities.

Specifically, the results from Tulsa show the positive impact TCW is having on our residents and businesses:


TCW participants earn $4,125 more in wages per year than the control group!

Compared to the control group….

  • WorkAdvance participants are 46% more likely to receive career advancement services.
  • WorkAdvance participants are 52% more likely to obtain job search assistance.
  • WorkAdvance participants are 42% more likely to complete sector training.
  • WorkAdvance participants are 72% more likely to receive post-employment services.
  • More WorkAdvance participants have jobs that offer employer-provided benefits, such as health insurance, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursement.
  • WorkAdvance participants are more likely to gain jobs that offer opportunities for career advancement where they can learn new skills.
  • WorkAdvance participants have higher job satisfaction.

The research study was conducted by MDRC. More information including the full study is available here.