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PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) student Cierra Dunmire has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to undertake a paid internship through the 2012 Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP) beginning in June. Only 19 interns were selected from 100 applicants, and Dunmire is the sole recipient from Pennsylvania.
A McKees Rocks native, Dunmire is a Biotechnology major participating in the Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (BWC) at CCAC–Allegheny Campus. The BWC is an innovative education and career development Associate of Science degree program offering that provides local under-represented women and veterans the chance to develop occupational skills in the biotechnology and health sciences fields. BWC students work with mentors through internships in the labs of Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative as well as other sites.
As a CCSEP intern, Dunmire will work at the main campus of NIH in Bethesda, MD, in a full-time position. She will attend workshops and seminars focused specifically on community college students; the presentations will cover career and professional development topics, writing and oral presentation skills, career advising and workshops on scientific skills essential to the field. Dunmire and other CCSEP participants will each present their work in a poster session at the end of the summer. Founded in 1887, NIH today is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers and the federal focal point for medical research in the United States.
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.