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Community College of Allegheny County Abstract

Published: May 27, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grantee Abstracts

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Community College of Allegheny County

Pathway to Success in Healthcare

Location: Pittsburgh, PA


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

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 (those with incomes at or below 70 percent of the poverty level in Allegheny County). 

Available supportive services include childcare, tuition assistance, transportation assistance, books, physicals and or TB tests if required to enter healthcare training (for students without health insurance), 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. Contact was made with the Program Coordinator for Adult Workforce Services at Partner4Work, the group in charge of Allegheny’s Eligible Training Provider List. CCAC seeks to be added to this list so that the recruiter can offer regular program presentations in local CareerLink® offices. Contact was made with the Director of the Apprenticeship and Training Council in Harrisburg to determine apprenticeship opportunities. CCAC is also moving forward with solidifying a formal partnership with Pittsburgh Community Services Inc., an antipoverty agency providing workforce development services in Pittsburgh. 

Last Reviewed: May 27, 2020