CCAC receives $50,000 in funding from The Heinz Endowments to support Men of Merit Initiative

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has received a $50,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments to promote the retention and academic success of male students of color through the college’s Men of Merit Initiative.

Launched in the 2014–15 academic year, the Men of Merit Initiative is designed to increase the retention, engagement and academic success of African-American male students. The program, a collaborative effort with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, provides students with support and critical insight into how to persevere, overcome barriers and achieve academic and life success.

The grant will be used to further the following project goals: increase student academic productivity through the use of existing support services available at the college; increase the student engagement experience for male students of color at the college; develop strong multicultural male student leadership through an academic course designed exclusively for program participants; and promote service learning through a community service project.

“We are truly honored and appreciative of the support of The Heinz Endowments,” saidClyde Pickett, CCAC special assistant to the president for diversity & inclusion. “The academic success and perseverance of male students of color is a priority for CCAC. Extended support for the Men of Merit Initiative will assist us with broadening the reach of the program and will allow us to assist more African-American male students as they strive to become men of character prepared for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.”

For more information about CCAC’s Men of Merit Initiative, visit


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. 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 approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

About The Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to our work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

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