Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

08/08/2012 -- CCAC awarded HRSA grant to continue Elder Care Achievement program

PRESS RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been awarded a $513,933 continuation grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand its current Elder Care Achievement program, which trains nursing personnel caring for older adults. The award will enable CCAC to expand training to include faculty members in nursing and allied health, other healthcare providers, health careers students and unpaid lay and family caregivers.  

Distributed over three years, the award will also provide funding to train locally underserved populations to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in a CCAC nurse aide program focused on care for diverse older patients. The grant will also provide a dedicated speaker series on geriatric education issues for nursing and geriatric practice personnel, allied healthcare workers within the region, lay and unpaid family caregivers as well as community members. It will also fund CCAC partnerships with regional and national geriatric care experts in order to disseminate established curricula related to health issues for geriatric patients. 

To provide program presentations, CCAC will continue to work with the Pennsylvania Geriatric Education Center, serving as the program evaluator, and the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging. CCAC will also partner with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh in order to train diverse individuals to become CNAs in a program focused on care for older adults. Additional partners include Allegheny General Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospitaland the John J. Kane Regional Centers.  

With this award, CCAC will now expand into rural Westmoreland County through a partnership with Westmoreland County Community College and will also partner with George Mason University to provide its Partners in Education for Gerontology Program. 

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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.