PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is one of
24 institutions across the country to receive a mini-grant from the
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) that
is designed to advance civic learning and social responsibility as
expected dimensions within students' majors.
The AAC&U signature initiative, Civic Prompts: Civic
Learning in the Major by Design, aims to increase civic engagement
within departments. The initiative is supported by a grant from The
Endeavor Foundation. AAC&U received 134 mini-grant
applications, indicating widespread interest in rethinking
departmental disciplinary designs for learning, life, work and
"Educating for democracy is more critical than ever, and
AAC&U is proud to support the departments and institutions
receiving grants for their commitment to advancing liberal
education in the major as a foundation for fostering civic
engagement," said AAC&U President Lynn
CCAC is one of only two institutions in Pennsylvania and two
community colleges nationwide to receive the mini-grant, which will
be applied through the CCAC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
program at Boyce Campus.
"It's an honor to see CCAC represented with colleges such as
Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin," said Dr.
Norman Johnson, CCAC professor and PTA program director, who wrote
the grant application.
The mini-grant will be used to incorporate health care advocacy
and leadership throughout the PTA program, thereby serving as a
catalyst, model and resource for other CCAC Allied Health programs.
Faculty will identify health care issues and related legislation on
instructional topics, such as affordable health care, fairness in
co-payments and rising insurance deductibles, providing students
with the opportunity to develop their advocacy skills. Grant funds
will be used to create instructional materials, which will also be
presented at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
Southwest District meeting at Boyce Campus on Sept. 11, 2018, where
more than 100 physical therapists will be in attendance.
For more information about CCAC's Physical Therapist Assistant
program, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in
September, visit ccac.edu/Physical_Therapist_Asst.aspx.