Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

06/13/2012 -- CCAC awarded $1 million grant to enhance math instruction, improve student completion rates

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been awarded a $1 million grant by The Heinz Endowments to support the enhancement of math education at the college. 

During the last academic year, 65% of entering students placed into developmental, or remedial, math courses. Because of this, CCAC is taking steps to improve math performance. The grant will focus on increasing completion rates in CCAC’s developmental math courses by providing the resources for faculty to apply new teaching methods shared through professional development programs. 

Drop-in assistance centers known as “Math Cafes” will meet the immediate  needs of students, with math faculty and tutors available during day, evening and weekend hours. Facilitated math assistance, computer-assisted learning and math skill-building activities will be available in the cafes, along with placement test preparation for individuals who plan to enroll at the college. 

The college also provides Student Success Coaches who support students during the math enrichment experience. 

“We recognize that many students who come to CCAC require remediation in mathematics, so we are grateful for the generous support of The Heinz Endowments to overcome this hurdle on the path to a college education,” said Alex Johnson, CCAC president. “This grant will enable CCAC to provide the math instruction and support services students need to transfer to four-year institutions or to enjoy family-sustaining careers in our region.” 

As an open enrollment institution, CCAC requires that all entering students take a placement test in order to determine individual levels of competency in mathematics. For students who score below established levels, CCAC requires enrollment in developmental courses to prepare them for the rigor of college-level courses. 


About The Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion. 

About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.