• 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

    Health Information Technology is 144 hours of study and practice.  It is a fast paced course that will enable you to build upon your current skill level or prepare you to enter healthcare careers organizing and managing electronic health care records. Upon completion of learning basic Microsoft Office; medical terminology; healthcare statistics, databases, and completing a capstone project, you will be able to interpret basic medical terms and navigate a general EHR/EMR system, locating various forms, reports and other data.
    Entrance Requirements must be met two weeks prior to the first day of class: high school, GED; Tenth grade English, reading and Computer Literacy, criminal background.
    This program is of no cost to qualified applicants in Allegheny County and surrounding regions. 
    For more information or to enroll:
    Email  microcredentials@ccac.edu
    Call     412.788.7507

    Patient Care

    Patient Care is a 30-hour introductory course of the Health Care Pathway of Micro-Credentials. This pathway develops or upgrades your skills necessary or required to become a Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, and Personal Care Aide.  You will learn methods and skills necessary for becoming a hands-on health care professional. This course leads you to entrance into a five week course entitled, Certified Nursing Assistant program, 168 hours.
    These Entrance Requirements must be met two weeks prior to the first day of Patient Care course. High school or GED; Eighth grade reading and math competency; medical physical, TB test results, background check, completed registration form. The program is of no cost to qualified applicants in Allegheny County and surrounding regions.
    For more information or to enroll:
    Email  microcredentials@ccac.edu
    Call     412.788.7507

    Computer User Network Support

    Computer User Network Support is a 160 hour course that will prepare you to sit for CompTIA certification exams. It is a broad course of study to prepare you for entry level positions in IT units in many industries.  You will be well prepared for an entry level position upon completion of learning computer hardware; peripherals; networking; several operating systems; instruction for configuration management; emerging technologies; network security, compliance and operation security threats and vulnerabilities.
    These Entrance Requirements must be met two weeks prior to the first day of class. High school or GED; Tenth grade English, math, and computer literacy competency; background check, completed registration form. The program is of no cost to qualified applicants in Allegheny County and surrounding regions.
    For more information or to enroll:
    Email microcredentials@ccac.edu
    Call     412.788.7507

    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 Marian Vendemia, Project Coordinator, at 412-788-7389 or microcredentials@ccac.edu.