Community College of Allegheny County has received a $50,000 grant from The
Heinz Endowments to promote the retention and academic success of male students
of color through the college’s Men of Merit Initiative.
in the 2014–15 academic year, the Men of Merit
Initiative is designed to increase the retention, engagement and academic
success of African-American male students. The program, a collaborative effort
with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, provides students with
support and critical insight into how to persevere, overcome barriers and
achieve academic and life success.
The grant will be used to further the
following project goals: increase student academic productivity through the use
of existing support services available at the college; increase the student
engagement experience for male students of color at the college; develop strong
multicultural male student leadership through an academic course designed
exclusively for program participants; and promote service learning through a
community service project.
are truly honored and appreciative of the support of The Heinz Endowments,” saidClyde Pickett, CCAC special
assistant to the president for diversity & inclusion. “The academic
success and perseverance of male students of color is a priority for CCAC.
Extended support for the Men of Merit Initiative will assist us with broadening
the reach of the program and will allow us to assist more African-American male
students as they strive to become men of character prepared for academic,
professional and personal success in our changing global society.”
more information about CCAC’s Men of Merit Initiative, visit www.ccac.edu/MMI.aspx.
About the Community College of Allegheny County
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.
About The Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of
helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and
social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the
vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls
southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.