CCAC receives $13 million grant to provide education and training in healthcare tracks for low-income individuals

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has received a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, totaling $13,125,596 to fund the Health Professions Opportunity: Pathway to Success in Healthcare program over six years. The program will provide education and training in three healthcare tracks—Nursing, Emergency Medicine and Medical Records/Health Information Technology.

The program, which will target Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals in Allegheny County, will enable students to successfully complete each training level by providing them with wrap-around services to address academic, financial and personal issues that can impede students from successfully completing college. These services for eligible program participants include assistance with child care, tuition and transportation. The goal of the project is to prepare, support, retain and graduate 1,860 TANF recipients and low-income students from health occupational programs that lead to employment in the health professions.

Through this program, CCAC will provide a gateway for students to obtain an industry-recognized certificate and degree that leads to a career that offers entry point and advancement opportunities. The program will target those students who are underserved and underrepresented in the health fields and have a high desire to work in health-related professions but who would otherwise not have access to the education and training activities.

CCAC will work with several community partners to recruit students for the program.

To learn more, contact Brenda Sheffo at 724-325-6881 or

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