PITTSBURGH—The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $3 million to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Educational Foundation. The grant is the largest single gift to CCAC in the college’s 45-year history.
“This generous support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will enhance CCAC’s programs within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields,” said Alex Johnson, CCAC president. “It will provide state-of-the-art facilities and programming that will bolster student success for the betterment of our entire region.”
$1.27 million will provide equipment for CCAC’s allied health programs, which have been ranked No. 2 nationally for the number of associate’s degrees awarded annually by two-year institutions.
The grant provides $810,000 for faculty and a simulated instructional lab for the college’s Green Institute, which promotes careers and public education in energy-efficient practices and technologies.
A new science lab at CCAC–West Hills Center in Oakdale will receive $680,000.
$240,000 will help to construct Math Cafés at each of the college’s campuses and two of its centers. These math assistance spaces will support programming that encourages greater connection among faculty and students, expanded tutoring services and increased professional development for faculty.
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.