Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

07/28/2010 -- CCAC–Allegheny hosts “Biotech Boot Camp”

Press Release

PITTSBURGH— The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Allegheny Campus will host a one-day camp through grants from the National Science Foundation and the CCAC Educational Foundation. The camp will be held on Friday, July 30, for boys and girls ages 9–16 within the CCAC community who are interested in learning about biology, including children of participants in the Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative. 

CCAC faculty members and students will be on hand to assist with camp activities, which include touring campus science labs and a guest speaker from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.

The camp will last from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Parents and guardians have been invited to attend for an event wrap-up at 2:30. A light breakfast, lunch and a gift bag will be provided for each camper. 

The Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative is a joint initiative of CCAC, Allegheny General Hospital, the Allegheny Singer Research Institute, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and the North Side Leadership Conference. Its goal is to widen the spectrum of available skilled healthcare and biotechnology workers in the region, providing tuition and support to veterans and disadvantaged women in Pittsburgh’s North Side with the support of grants from several partners, including nearly $600,000 from the National Science Foundation in May 2009. The first graduates of the program walked in CCAC’s May 2010 commencement.

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About CCAC
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.