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CCAC joins consortium dedicated to advancing success of men of color in community colleges

                                                                                                              

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce that it has joined the Community College Equity Assessment Lab’s National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC). Participation in the NCCMC, the first consortium dedicated specifically to advancing the success of men of color in community colleges, will enhance CCAC’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

 

Despite programs designed to improve outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17 percent and 15 percent of Black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate or degree or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, Southeast Asian) also indicate a severe need for improvement.

 

To combat this achievement gap, the NCCMC facilitates an exchange of ideas among community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in our educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color. CCAC’s engagement in the NCCMC will augment professional development for faculty and staff, enable informed interventions for our current programs serving men of color and inspire new initiatives addressing the challenges facing these men.

 

According to Clyde Wilson Pickett (pictured), special assistant to the president for Diversity & Inclusion at CCAC, the college is proud to join the Community College Equity Assessment Lab and the National Consortium on College Men of Color. 

 

“As an institution, we remain committed to joining with partners locally and nationally to help support the academic success of male students of color,” he said. “As a learning community, we prioritize the success of all of our students, but understand that we must take additional steps to galvanize those populations who need additional support. We see this partnership as an opportunity to further develop our Men of Merit Initiative and all of its student participants.”

 

Launched in February 2015, the CCEAL has already seen much success in information sharing between community colleges. On average, more than 1,000 consortium members participate in each webinar.

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