Monaca, PA – Funded by a $10,000 grant from The Grable Foundation, AIM for the Future Fridays – Career Awareness, Inspire Learning, Make your Dream Happen – builds on the success of CCBC’s innovative High School Academy model by bringing more than 500 high school students from the region to the campus for high-impact learning experiences throughout the fall and spring semesters. The events are designed to foster awareness of high-demand career opportunities, inspire future participation in the CCBC High School Academies, and prepare students to launch career-focused educational plans.

“CCBC is grateful for The Grable Foundation’s dedication to improving the lives of children, and in the transformative possibilities that access and exposure to our High School Academies can bring to students in Beaver County and throughout Western Pennsylvania,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “We thank The Grable Foundation Trustees for their investment in AIM for the Future Fridays so that together we can help young people gain a deeper understanding of high-demand career pathways, engage in immersive STEM-related educational experiences, become inspired to consider how educational decisions made in high school can position them for success, and begin mapping their own educational journeys.”

Over the course of ten AIM for the Future Fridays, two to three school districts each week will bring groups of students to the Center Township campus or to the CCBC Aviation Sciences Center in Chippewa for high-impact experiences with the Academies. During the half-day experience, participants will be introduced to all four academies and have the opportunity to program robots, investigate a simulated crime scene, experience flight with a full-motion flight simulator, and administer care to a high-fidelity medical simulation manikin.

Funding will be used to assist with transportation costs for the school districts, provide lunch for the high school student participants, and develop program materials and resources used in the various hands-on educational experiences.

CCBC’s High School Academies are providing Western Pennsylvania’s young people with high-impact educational experiences to prepare them for careers that address priority workforce needs of the region. Launched in 2015 with the Aviation Academy, the CCBC High School Academy program now educates more than 170 students from 40 school districts throughout Western Pennsylvania through an innovative dual enrollment model in which students have the opportunity to explore careers in areas of workforce priority for the region while receiving hands-on instruction from college faculty in labs and classroom environments that stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Students who devote two years of study to the program will have the opportunity to graduate from high school having completed up to one year of credits toward CCBC’s associate degree programs, or they can transfer the credits to other colleges and universities. Through partnerships with more than 600 four-year college programs nationally, many academy graduates can complete a bachelor degree in three years or less.

For more information about these events or the CCBC High School Academies contact Joyce Cirelli, Dean of High School Academies and Dual Enrollment, at 724-480-3474 or

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About Community College of Beaver County

CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,000 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. In 2017, the Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges.

About The Grable Foundation

The Grable Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are members of the Grable family. They are guided by founder Minnie K. Grable’s desire to help young people lead fulfilling lives and have hopeful futures. The organizations, programs, and people supported by the Foundation reflect the Trustees’ commitment to Mrs. Grable’s philanthropic wishes.


Funded by The Grable Foundation, students from Blackhawk and New Brighton High Schools attend the first AIM for the Future Fridays at CCBC and participate in a hands-on learning experience in CCBC’s Health Academy classroom.