CCAC receives $669,000 in grant funding for Micro-credentials program

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has received a $669,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to develop the Micro-credentials: Opportunity through Stackable Achievements program. The award is part of a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund for the development of micro-credentials in the state’s workforce development system.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, micro-credentials are stackable credentials that showcase a job-seeker’s skills, knowledge or experience to potential employers. They can come in the form of certificates or other benchmark notices and can be attained in much less time than a typical degree.

The CCAC program, one of seven in the state, will target out-of-school youth, adults with low basic skills, individuals who are underemployed/unemployed and other learners with significant barriers to education and training to develop concrete skills along key career paths in high-priority occupations.

The following micro-credentials will be offered in three career pathways:
     • Patient Care Technician: Phlebotomy; EKG Technician; Medical Terminology/Health Records; Nursing Assistant
     • Computer User Support Network: Introduction to Computer Technology; Cybersecurity Certificate
     • Health Information Technology: Basic Medical Terminology/Microsoft Office/Data Entry; Health Data Statistics/Advanced Excel; Database Basics/Excel/HIT

Participants will be identified and recruited from county GED programs, community and social services agencies as well as through collaboration with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB).

For more information, contact Debra Killmeyer at dkillmeyer@ccac.edu or 412.788.7387.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. 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 approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.

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