In an effort to reach Pittsburgh students earlier and support them in earning their degrees, the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) district, Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), and University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) have partnered and launched the Pittsburgh Admissions Collaboration (PAC). The goal of the PAC program is to provide a pathway from PPS schools to CCAC and Pitt. We hope to increase matriculation, retention, and degree attainment. We hope to increase access to higher education, while also keeping affordability at the forefront, through incorporating efforts toward eligibility for the Pittsburgh Promise for all participants. 9th-12th grade students enrolled at Westinghouse High School and Milliones University Prep are eligible to participate in the PAC program, the goal is to have PAC in all PPS high schools in the future.
For the 2018-2019 school year, PAC students will be visiting the Pitt campus twice monthly to participate in workshops and meetings. Each meeting engages students on a topic relevant to preparing for post-secondary education, including:
- Financial Aid and Financial Literacy
- The College Selection Process
- Majors and Careers Exploration
- College Life
In addition to our bi-weekly sessions, there are several benefits for participating in the PAC program including admission to the University of Pittsburgh campus of the student’s choice, books covered for 4 years of undergraduate school, mentorship and continuous support for students from high school to degree attainment.