PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) now offers free training for veterans in two healthcare-related fields. The goal of the Veterans Health Career Education Project is to train qualified veterans to become certified paramedics or nursing assistants. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the training is free to honorably discharged veterans and their spouses who are currently unemployed, underemployed or on public assistance.
For those who may want to explore alternative career opportunities, the CCAC Veterans Services Center provides a variety of services and education options to veterans. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is in effect for a second year, giving those who have served in the armed forces on or after September 11, 2001, access to education benefits and financial support in continuing their education. CCAC currently has over 500 veterans utilizing their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits this year.
“Student veterans bring with them enthusiasm, optimism and a host of complex social, family, financial and educational issues,” said Donald Wall, CCAC coordinator of Veterans Services. “It is essential that community colleges understand the profile of this student population and are prepared to provide the necessary support and services across campus to guide them as they make the transition.”
In addition to offering education, workforce training and business opportunities to veterans, the CCAC Veterans Services Center also provides academic advising, counseling, disability services, financial aid and other support services. In 2008, CCAC expanded the Online Early Intervention program—a web-based system that allows faculty members to refer struggling students for assistance via a secure website—to include all credit students. While only veterans themselves can disclose their military status, the Early Intervention program is an available resource to all students who may need extra support.
For more information about the Health Career Education Project and CCAC Veterans Services, please call 412.237.2635.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.