• 03-16-2010 -- CCAC programs train home caregivers

    Press Release

    PITTSBURGH-Two programs at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will train individuals caring for their family members at home as well as professional home caregivers. Both programs are offered free to qualified applicants.

    Funding for the programs is generously provided by the MetLife Foundation in partnership with the International Longevity Center under the 2009 Community College Caregiver Training Initiative. CCAC is one of 15 community colleges across the nation to receive grants through the initiative.

    For more information about either program, contact Workforce Development Health Careers, CCAC West Hills Center (1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071), at 412.788.7398 or jnapoleoni@ccac.edu.

    Family Caregiver
    In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging (UPIA), CCAC offers the Family Caregiver Training program beginning April 10. The program is created specifically for individuals who care for older family members in their own homes. It will cover dealing with difficult situations with older adults, communicating effectively with a healthcare provider, planning in advance for medical care and understanding and managing family conflict and stress.

    The 12-hour non-credit program will consist of six workshops on aging issues with multicultural concepts. Each two-hour session will be taught by UPIA instructors at CCAC-Allegheny campus on Pittsburgh's North Shore and will cover a specific topic of concern to family caregivers. In addition to practical healthcare instruction, participants will learn about resources available for those in family care situations.

    Program graduates will receive a certificate of completion. This program is offered by CCAC's Workforce Development division and Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

    Personal Care Assistant Program
    The Personal Care Assistant (PCA) program trains participants to provide care for older adults in their homes or in the nursing home setting in accordance with Pennsylvania guidelines. The 40-hour non-credit program combines multicultural sensitivity training, classroom and laboratory education and clinical instruction in a long-term care facility and/or home health organization.

    Program graduates will receive PCA certification and have access to CCAC's job placement services. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, a physical exam, including two Mantoux (TB) tests and a favorable Act 34 Criminal Clearance from the Pennsylvania State Police.


    About CCAC
    The 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.