CCAC receives mini-grant to spur civic learning in programs

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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 citizenship.

"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 Pasquerella.

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

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