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CCAC Honors Council offers “Give Honors A Try!” program to expand academic enrichment

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County Honors Council will offer a pilot program this fall called Give Honors A Try! The program will permit non-honors students who meet certain criteria to take Honors courses. The CCAC Honors Program provides a myriad of opportunities for academic and personal enrichment, including guest speakers, active learning, field trips, real-world application of theory, lectures and performances, student-centered discussions, independent learning and study abroad tours.

Each year, CCAC’s Honors Program provides opportunities for approximately 400 scholastically minded students to develop leadership skills and to participate in a variety of conferences and community service projects. In January, a group of 12 CCAC Honors students embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when they journeyed to India for an 11-day international study tour. It was the third time the CCAC Honors program has traveled to India; the first trip took place in January 2016.

Honors Council is excited to extend the Honors opportunity to more students beginning in the fall 2020 semester,” said Julia Fennell, English professor and Honors Program director. “By widening the gate of access to Honors enrichment, we hope to encourage more students to challenge themselves academically and engage more fully with all that CCAC offers.

To be eligible, students must have a CCAC institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher, be 18 years of age or older, have taken or be eligible for English 101 and Mathematics 090 courses, and be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Fall 2020 course offerings open to non-honors students are Honors Oral Communications, Honors Art Appreciation, Honors General Biology, Honors Psychology of Adjustment, and Honors American Literature to the Civil War.

For more information, contact Julia Fennell at