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Michelle Van Noy, Research Affiliate

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Michelle Van Noy is associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers University and a research affiliate at the Community College Research Center. She studies the role of higher education, particularly community colleges, in workforce development. Her research focuses on how colleges organize their programs to prepare students for the workforce, how students make choices about majors and careers, and how employers engage with education and use credentials in the hiring process.

At CCRC, she conducted studies of contextualized basic skills education, employer perceptions of the associate degree for information technology technician jobs, and community college noncredit workforce education. In her previous work at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., she conducted evaluations of the School-to-Work, Welfare-to-Work, Unemployment Insurance, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs, as well as a study of information technology certification programs in high schools and community colleges.

Van Noy holds a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University. She also holds a BA in psychology and Spanish and an MS in public policy, both from Rutgers University.