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Community College of Allegheny County Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grants Abstract
Abstracts, HPOG Grantees

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 County 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 (PSH) program provides education and training in three healthcare 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 re-enter at each level outlined for each pathway. The project targets TANF recipients and low-income individuals (those with incomes at or below 70 percent of the poverty level in Allegheny County). The PSH program will enable students to successfully complete each training level by providing them with a package of wraparound services that can address multiple issues (academic, financial, and personal) that can impede their successful completion of college.  

Available supportive services include case management, academic supports, career services, child care, tuition assistance, and transportation assistance. Occupational training is provided for the following: Registered Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, 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 (KEYES) program to increase access to TANF recipients. KEYES is a collaborative program between the Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Community Colleges. Work has begun with some of the employer partners to establish on-the-job training opportunities for participants who are nearing program completion.

Last Reviewed: April 23, 2019