Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

08/17/2011 -- CCAC Pittsburgh Promise scholarship recipients complete internships through PCKIZ

PRESS RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will join with partners to celebrate the inaugural Pittsburgh Promise internship program through the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) at 5:30 p.m. August 18 at the Alcoa Corporation Headquarters on the North Shore.

“This successful collaboration has provided valuable internships for CCAC students,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “We look forward to expanding our partnerships to enable more students to gain real-world experience in their chosen fields, giving them even more of an advantage as they move into the workforce or pursue further study.”

Fifteen graduates of Pittsburgh public schools currently attending CCAC obtained paid internships with PCKIZ start-ups and supporters. This summer program was funded by the Alcoa Foundation and UPMC Health Plan to support professional development and employment marketability of these students—many of whom are first-generation college enrollees.

“Our internship program provides young start-ups with additional workforce, while offering our college students hands-on professional experience and networking opportunities in the region,” said William Gennerett Jr., executive director of the PCKIZ. “Partnering with the ALCOA Foundation, CCAC and UPMC, we were able to tailor an enriching internship program for students who may have had difficulties finding internships on their own.”

“I learned a lot. I now have confidence to communicate through email, work with spreadsheets and even plan professional events,” said Shanee Moman, a graduate from Pittsburgh Allderdice and second-year student at CCAC. “If I didn’t have an internship this summer, I would have probably looked for a job in the food industry or child care. This internship was my first experience in an office setting.”

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.

About Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone
The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, government agencies and community organizations, collaborating to enable the neighborhoods in central Pittsburgh to realize their potential within the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. PCKIZ orchestrates a combination of tax incentives, entrepreneurial resources, educational and internship programs, networking events, and technology showcases. Its goal is to multiply technology and economic development activities, creating economic sustainability and transforming central Pittsburgh into a vibrant community. Its partners are: Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, Carlow University, the Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, the Hill House Economic Development Corp., Idea Foundry Inc., Innovation Works, Institute for Transfusion Medicine, PNC Bank, Point Park University, Richard King Mellon Foundation, UPMC Health Plan and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.pckiz.org or call 412.281.0102.