CCAC receives Innovation of the Year award from League for Innovation in the Community College

Milton Hall Rotunda
Milton Hall Rotunda - kiosk
CCAC and PTK leadership at rotunda ribbon-cutting
 
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that the college has received a 2018 Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The awards were granted to 46 community colleges across the nation for outstanding innovations that serve community college students. CCAC received the award for the college's Milton Hall Rotunda project, submitted under the title: Using Technology and Collaboration to Enhance Student Space and Student Engagement.

The project description, in part, reads: The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student leaders from the Allegheny Campus engaged the campus leadership in an innovative eight-month planning and renovation project aimed at increasing student engagement. What initially started out as a capstone project morphed into an entrepreneurial and collaborative initiative that conceptualized and ultimately transformed an outdated, desolate space into a welcoming and high-tech space (that) is not only a gathering space for our students, but that now has the capacity to be a central information hub for students as well as an additional transactional hub with its kiosks.

The redesigned Milton Hall Rotunda features video walls, interactive kiosks and digital wayfinding and informational signage. The displays are consistently updated with information about how students can become more engaged, informed and prepared regarding their program of study and CCAC support services as well as internship, transfer and career information. The MyCCAC kiosks enable students to log into the CCAC portal and register for classes. Additionally, the rotunda received new paint on the first three floors as well as new carpeting, furniture and flags from all the countries of the campus' international students that line the third floor overlook. The Student Government Organization also played a significant role by contributing $25,000 to the project and providing valuable advice during development.

"Phi Theta Kappa's work has provided new beginnings to support student learning and advancement," CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock said at the ribbon cutting ceremony in November. "They've done an exceptional job in planning the work that has taken place in Milton Hall."

The project carried out the vision of Allegheny Campus President Dr. Evon Walters to renovate the rotunda through interactive presentations, proposals and staunch advocacy on the part of students. According to Walters, "A lot of field research and benchmarking of best practices took place on how the technology could be integrated to engage and support students by further connecting, informing and empowering them with information about CCAC support services, academic programs and our transfer and career opportunities."

To learn more about the Innovation of the Year Awards and to see this year's winners, click here

Photos:

Milton Hall Rotunda: The redesigned rotunda features informative video screens and comfortable seating areas.

Milton Hall Rotunda kiosk: A student interacts with one of the MyCCAC kiosks located in the rotunda.

CCAC and PTK leadership at rotunda ribbon-cutting ceremony: Pictured, from the left, are CCAC Allegheny Campus President Dr. Evon Walters; PTK chapter advisor Joy LeViere; PTK officers Surbhi Sharma, Krista Kohr, Dylan Yee, Shailja Patel, Sahara Muhina and George Sotiriou (far right); and CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock.   

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