PITTSBURGH—A fundraiser at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has collected $8,210 to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. Two days after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation, CCAC President Alex Johnson called on students and employees to contribute to the American Red Cross as CCAC’s “charity of choice.” The initial drive ended Monday and included a $1,000 donation from the CCAC Educational Foundation.
“I am humbled by your generosity and compassion for our neighbors,” said Dr. Johnson in a statement Tuesday to the college community.
In addition to the college-wide effort, several CCAC student organizations are collecting household goods for a local charity to transport to Haiti. Other fundraisers, including athletic tournaments and musical performances, are being planned by students and Student Life staff to support continued relief efforts.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.