Technical Education Curricula for Health and Safety (TECHS) is an educational intervention conducted in partnership with three vocational colleges in Minnesota: Hennepin Technical College, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Ridgewater College. TECHS is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The goal of the study is to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive safety and health curriculum delivered systematically throughout a 2-year program, on students’ health and safety knowledge, skills, and work practices at graduation and one year afterwards. Study activities were designed specifically for: instructors (training, consultation and feed-back), students (pre- and post- testing), and graduates (1-year post graduation surveys).

The curricula was implemented during three academic years: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Follow-up activities with program graduates were conducted in June 2016,  2017, and 2018. The final follow-up activities will take place in June 2019.

We are currently analyzing the student test data. Additional analyses will be conducted when the remaining follow-up activities are completed.


Dissemination activities

We anticipate attending and presenting about the TECHS study at the following events:


Please check back for details about presentations at other upcoming conferences and events, as well as study-related publications.


Contact us if you would like to arrange a presentation at your school or event.