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09-29-2010 -- Harvard recognizes CCAC s Dislocated Worker Tuition Waiver program as Bright Idea
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
launched an initiative in 2009 to provide tuition waivers for
laid-off workers to retrain for high-demand occupations. Today, the
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced that
CCAC's Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers is one of
173 government programs selected for its newly-created Bright Ideas
program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to
recognize and share creative government initiatives around the
country with interested public sector, nonprofit and academic
Bright Ideas seeks to complement the long-standing Innovations
in American Government Awards Program by providing government
agencies with a collection of new solutions that can be considered
and adopted today. This year's cohort of Bright Ideas was chosen by
a team of expert evaluators made up of academics, practitioners and
former public servants. Selected from a pool of nearly 600
applicants including smaller-scale pilots, 2010 Bright Ideas
address a range of pressing issues including poverty reduction,
environmental conservation and emergency management.
"We are honored to be included among these distinguished
awardees," said Alex Johnson, PhD, CCAC president. "CCAC has always
sought to meet the needs of our community, and the Career
Transition Center for Dislocated Workers is a natural outgrowth of
our mission to provide affordable access to quality education."
CCAC's Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers has
enrolled more than 325 individuals since its launch in the spring
of 2009. For spring 2011, the center will provide tuition waivers
in eight certificate programs for Allegheny County residents laid
off within the past year due to the economic downturn. Eligible
programs include Accounting, Administrative Computer Specialist,
Automotive Technology, Basic Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD),
Business Management, Early Education & Child Development,
Information Technology Support and Nurse Aide Training. For more
information, visit www.ccac.edu and click the link
for "Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers," or search
keyword "dislocated workers."
"For over 20 years we have been honoring the country's most
creative public sector initiatives through our Innovations in
American Government Awards Program," said Anthony Saich, director
of the Ash Center. "The creation of Bright Ideas was a natural next
step to shed light on an even greater number of noteworthy programs
and practices across our nation and to encourage practitioners to
make these ideas work in their own backyards."
CCAC and the other 2010 Bright Ideas will be showcased on the
Center's Government Innovators Network, an online marketplace of
ideas and examples of government innovation for policymakers and
practitioners. The inaugural group of Bright Ideas will serve as a
cornerstone of a new online community where innovative ideas are
proposed, shared, and disseminated. The Ash Center also envisions
that these Bright Ideas have the potential to become future
Innovations in American Government winners.
Bright Ideas is an initiative of the Ash Center's Innovations in
Government Program, which spotlights exemplary models of government
innovation and advances efforts to address the nation's most
pressing public concerns. Throughout its history, the program has
generated a wealth of research based on award-winning government
innovations and the study of how innovation occurs.
The Ash Center will be accepting applications and recognizing
more Bright Ideas on a rolling basis throughout the year.
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission 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.
About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and
InnovationThe Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and
Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and
public policy through research, education, and public discussion.
Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic
Governance; the Innovations in Government Program; and the Rajawali
Foundation Institute for Asia. For more information, visit www.ash.harvard.edu.