CCAC now enrolling students for final year of HRSA grant for behavioral health workforce education

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is enrolling students for the fall 2016 semester for the final year of a $300,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for behavioral health workforce education and training for professionals and paraprofessionals. Funded at $100,000 per year for three years, the award enables CCAC to provide 42 scholarships (covering tuition, fees and supplies) per year for students enrolled in the college’s Drug and Alcohol diploma and Social Work: Fundamentals of Social Work Foundation certificate programs. In addition, the funding has helped CCAC enhance the curriculum in order to give students more hands-on time in the field, which will lead to job-ready skill sets for graduates.

These programs are designed to prepare students for employment in drug and/or alcohol treatment centers, and community agencies that provide parent training, behavioral intervention and other types of support for families having children or adult members with mental health problems. Specifically, the grant will help CCAC educate and prepare a diverse student population to immediately enter the behavioral health workforce and, by so doing, improve the diversity of the behavioral health workforce in the region.

CCAC’s Drug and Alcohol certificate program is offered at the college’s Allegheny and South campuses. The Social Work: Fundamentals of Social Work Foundation certificate program is offered at Allegheny, North and South campuses.

For more information, contact Christopher Robinson, CCAC assistant professor, Social Work, Social Sciences at crobinson@ccac.edu or 412.469.6229.

View program flyer.

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