• Micro-credentials: Opportunity through Stackable Achievements

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has received a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to develop the Micro-credentials: Opportunity through Stackable Achievements program. The award is part of a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund for the development of micro-credentials in the state’s workforce development system. The press release can be found here.

    We are proud to offer an innovative program at the Community College of Allegheny County to help individuals in our region find careers and post-secondary education through a pathway of stackable micro-credentials. Three career pathways have been designed to help students gain entry-level positions in our region.

    Micro-credentialing is a new theory in education that focuses on the attainment of smaller, focused credentials proving knowledge of specific skills in the learner. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry is supporting the implementation of this program here at the Community College of Allegheny College in partnership with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

    The micro-credentials are aligned along 3 pathways:

    Health Information Technology
    Completion of this pathway prepares students for a career in organizing healthcare records in the medical industry.
    Students along this pathway may become interested in CCAC’s Health Information Technology Associate degree.

    Patient Care
    This micro-credential pathway will prepare students to enter high priority occupations as direct care workers in the healthcare industry.
    Students along this pathway may become interested in one of CCAC’s many Patient Care Associate degrees and certificates

    Computer User Network Support
    This micro-credential pathway will prepare students to gain employment in entry-level information technology positions. Students can extend this pathway by adding a micro-credential focused on the growing field of cyber security to give their career potential more focus.
    Students along this pathway may become interested in one of CCAC’s many Associate degrees and Certificates in Computer & Information Technologies

    Students who acquire the CompTIA A+ or CompTIA Network + industry credential are able to use those prerequisites in leiu of credit courses at CCAC

    Students involved in the micro-credential program must be out of school youth, under or unemployed workers, or individuals with significant barriers to education and training.

    For more information, call the general information line at 412-788-7507 or contact Genevieve Foote, Project Coordinator, at 412-788-7389 or microcredentials@ccac.edu.