Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

SPUR (Southwestern Pennsylvania Urban Revitalization)

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Urban Revitalization (SPUR) grant initiative is a collaborative project between several local organizations uniting to provide academic training and entrepreneurial assistance to urban and inner-suburban areas.

Is the SPUR grant for me?

Unfortunately, SPUR is no longer accepting applicants.

This training is ideal for individuals interested in health care and renewable energy related fields that plan to re-enter the workforce; enhance their existing skill set for a promotion; want to distinguish themselves from their peers or for those that desire a new trade. This federally funded training includes tuition, required books, program specific uniforms / equipment, and national certification examination. 

Training Opportunities

Training is offered in the following Associate Degree programs:


  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing: Current LPN to RN
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Radiation Therapy Technologist
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Operating Room Nurse Certificate (current RNs only)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate (only for those with a Radiology, Radiation Therapist, or  Nuclear Medicine Technologist degree or work experience)
  • Surgical Technician
  • Health Information Technology Certificate with COMPITIA/HIT 001 Certification Test


  • Automotive Technology- Associate of Science Degree
  • Welding- Certificate Associate of Science Degree
  • Welding Courses: With Industry or Military Experience
         WLD-222 - Pipe Welding 1 Basic (3 credits)
WLD-223 - Pipe Welding 2 Advanced (3 credits)
WLD-224 - Pipe Welding 3 - Downhill (3 credits)
  • HVAC
  • Biotechnology
  • Bio-Remediation Certificate
  • LEEDS Prep for Certification
  • Geographic Information Systems (2 credits) combined with Natural Gas Industry Terminology

Perspective students should:

  • have previous work experience within the field of interest;
  • be highly self-motivated;
  • be career driven.

Qualifying for the grant

For more information, including how to qualify:

  • Contact Shelby Smith at 724.325.6681, or
  • Deborah Atkins at 412.392.6467

Once deemed qualified, students will complete an application for their program of interest.

SPUR Partnerships 
SPUR partnerships include CCAC, the Hill Community Development Corporation and the Hill House Association. These organizations have partnered to develop a skilled, local workforce which in turn helps create a qualified employee candidate pool and strengthens the region’s economy by increasing company migration to the area resulting in a lower unemployment rate.    

Throughout Feb. 2012 - Sept. 2015, the grant will connect southwestern Pennsylvania residents of underserved communities to CCAC’s energy, health care and various trade training programs. The offered training programs prepare students to compete within the area’s fastest growing industries: health care, the trades and renewable energy. Health care and renewable energy industries’ occupational growth rates are projected to increase by 22.5% and 19%, respectively, throughout 2008–2018.*

Contact Information
Shelby Smith
SPUR Intake Coordinator


This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. Training is provided in partnership with the Hill House Association and the Hill CDC. 

*Source: Healthcare, Bureau of Labor Stats, DOE and independent studies, Renewable Energy, O*NET ONLINE, search keywords: “clean energy


Shelby Smith

SPUR Intake Coordinator