Community College of Allegheny County named Achieving the Dream Leader College

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

CCAC one of eight colleges nationwide and only one in Pennsylvania to receive designation.


PITTSBURGH-Achieving the Dream (ATD) on Wednesday announced that Community College of Allegheny County is one of eight community colleges in the ATD Network to have earned Leader College status, the organization's highest designation awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success. It is a designation reserved for an exceptional few colleges.

"Becoming a Leader College requires an ATD Network college to have data that shows concrete progress toward building a student-centered culture that drives gains in student success," said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. "Colleges have to be willing to work differently to improve students' educational journeys, and I'm proud to recognize the colleges that are living their commitment to change and are achieving stronger results."

"We are honored that the Community College of Allegheny County has been designated an ATD Leader College," said CCAC President Dr. Quintin B. Bullock. "While certainly recognizing the tireless work of the college's faculty and administration to improve student outcomes, the designation demonstrates just how far CCAC has progressed in ensuring student success through programs such as: Roadmap to Your Destination, an award-winning resource that enables a student to chart a successful path through graduation; Men of Merit and Women on a Mission, initiatives that are designed to increase the retention, engagement and academic success of our diverse student population; as well as the Learning Commons and Math Cafes, located on all campuses, which provide individual and group tutoring services for students seeking to improve their reading, writing and mathematics skills. It is CCAC's intention to continue to build on past success so as to ensure that all students have an opportunity to reach their academic potential and achieve their dreams."  

Leader Colleges are eligible to compete for all grant-funded learning initiatives and are encouraged to provide leadership and support to other colleges in the ATD Network, disseminate lessons learned, support state and national efforts to advance the student success agenda and continue to improve student outcomes.

Leader Colleges also have been winners of ATD's annual Leah Meyer Austin award, a $25,000 prize for an ATD institution that takes whole-college approaches to improving student success and achieves notable increases in student outcomes.

The colleges that earned new Leader College status in 2017 are:


  •  Athens Technical College (GA)
  • Big Bend Community College (WA)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)
  • Edmonds Community College (WA)
  • Housatonic Community College (CT)
  • Stanly Community College (NC)
  • Wallace State Community College (AL)
  • West Georgia Technical College (GA)



ATD leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to making progress closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college's institutional capacities in seven essential areas. Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain Leader College status.


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