05/29/2013 -- CCAC introduces 2013 Vanguard Diversity Award winners

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present the fifth annual Vanguard Diversity Awards in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 6 in the Foerster Student Service Center on CCAC–Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, North Shore.

The Vanguard Diversity Awards are given annually to individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, vision or service in promoting diversity and inclusion in Allegheny County and the greater Pittsburgh area. Nominees are identified in three categories: Individual Trailblazer, College and Organizational.

2013 honorees include:

Individual Trailblazer Awardee
Ron Alvarado, CSP, president and chief executive officer, Novus Staffing Solutions, in recognition of his tireless efforts to diversify the regional workforce and champion inclusion initiatives to increase employment opportunities for underrepresented populations.

College Awardees
Christopher W. Robinson, assistant professor, Social Work, and Campus Diversity Officer, CCAC–South Campus, in recognition of his ongoing commitment to providing culturally diverse and relevant educational programs and events to the students and staff of CCAC–South Campus. His awareness of, and personal interest in, diversity and global issues has enabled him to serve as a strong role model and mentor to the students of CCAC–South Campus.

Kristin H. Spiker, director, Admissions & International Students, CCAC–Allegheny Campus, in recognition of her ongoing commitment to, support of and advocacy on behalf of international students at CCAC. Her leadership and vision as an advisor to the World Cultures Club and active member of the Allegheny Campus diversity subcomittee has led to the development of exceptional diversity programing. She serves as an inspirational champion and mentor to her students.

Organizational Awardees
Peoples Natural Gas, in recognition of the company’s efforts to build a diverse internal workforce and embrace a culture of teamwork and diversity. CCAC also recognizes Peoples’ vision of improving the quality of life for all communities through support of and partnership with community-based organizations and businesses.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), in recognition of the board’s commitment to building a strong and skilled regional workforce. By providing comprehensive services of career development, training and job placement, TRWIB has been instrumental in assisting countless job seekers to find gainful and meaningful employment.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to nearly 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.

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