Community College of Allegheny County Abstract

Publication Date: May 27, 2020

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Community College of Allegheny County

Pathway to Success in Healthcare

Location: Pittsburgh, PA


Six-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2021*

Annual Award Amount: $2,625,119

Type of Organization: Public/State-Controlled Institution of Higher Education

Service Area: Allegheny and Washington Counties of Pennsylvania

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 2,300

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 1,005

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 2,190

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 1,752

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,860

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 1,583

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 1,108


The Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC’s) Health Professions Opportunity: Pathway to Success in Healthcare program provides education and training in three tracks: Nursing, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Records/Health Information Technology. These pathways are designed as a career lattice that will allow program participants to enter, exit, and reenter at each level. The project targets TANF recipients and low-income individuals in Allegheny and Washington Counties (those with incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level).

Available supportive services include childcare, tuition assistance, transportation assistance, books, and certification fees, if indicated after program completion. Occupational training is provided for the following: Registered Nurse, EMT and Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance Coder, Medical Record and Health Information Technician, Phlebotomy, and Central Service Technician. CCAC partners with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Pennsylvania CareerLink, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Garfield Jubilee, Southwest PA Area Health Education Center, Angels’ Place, Human Services Center Corporation—Mon Valley Providers, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny County EMS, and local 4-year universities to implement this program. CCAC has established a partnership with the Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) program to increase access to TANF recipients. KEYS is a collaborative program between the Department of Public Welfare and Pennsylvania Community Colleges. A meeting has been held with Partners4Work and the WIB to collaborate around increasing public awareness of the HPOG opportunity and explore possible resources for sustainability. Pathway to Success in Healthcare continues to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnership opportunities to increase recruitment into short-term programs. The program continues to work with Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. and Presbyterian Senior Care to recruit and train incumbent workers.

*This second round of grant awards has been extended an additional 12 months, ending September 29, 2021.

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