• Press Releases 2013

    The CCAC Public Relations office, a part of Institutional Advancement, provides up-to-date information and news reports about the college and serves as a liaison between the college and the media.

    To that end, we maintain an archive of recent press releases. You can read press releases from the current year by clicking the links below, or click the links to the left to view press releases from past years. You can also access media coverage of the college by viewing CCAC in the News.

  • December 2013

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    The Community College of Allegheny County has been selected to receive two 2014 Accolade Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades Committee.

    November 2013

    Largest Colleges

    Thursday, November 21, 2013 Once again, CCAC ranks among the top five largest institutions of higher learning in the region.

    Community College of Allegheny County is hosting Passport to Success, an enrollment workshop series designed to help potential students get information about CCAC, the enrollment process and all aspects of college life.

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team is hosting its sixth benefit hockey game at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. This year’s charity event will benefit The Best of the Batch Foundation and will feature CCAC taking on the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team whose players include KDKA Sports Anchor Jory Rand and WDVE Sportscaster Mike Prisuta.

    October 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus will host an Open Stage Night, hosted by Greg Joseph of The Clarks, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, on the CCAC North Campus Atrium stage, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

    Picnic Presented at South Campus

    Community College of Allegheny County South Campus Theatre presents the Pulitzer award-winning play, Picnic, at 8:00 p.m. November 7 through November 9 and November 14 through November 16.

    Two Community College of Allegheny County students have been awarded scholarships from the Executive Scholars of The Pittsburgh Promise program. Dillon Secilia and Joseph King were named as Executive Scholars within The Pittsburgh Promise’s BNY Mellon Scholars and Mylan Scholars programs, respectively.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has been selected to receive the 2013 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for its continued commitment to expand and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives at the college and in the community. The HEED Award is the only national recognition given to colleges, universities and school systems that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion.

    The Community College of Allegheny County South Campus is holding an information session Thursday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. in Room G311 for student athletes interested in exploring educational and sporting opportunities at CCAC. The session will address the needs of student athletes regarding eligibility, program structure and the benefits of becoming a CCAC athlete.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has partnered with the Coalition Against Violence and the Black Political Empowerment Project to host the launch and distribution of CAV’s new anti-violence manual, “Strategies for Change: Building More Peaceful Communities.”

    The Community College of Allegheny County is one of just four schools across the nation to be selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Training for RealTime Writers grant. CCAC’s three-year, $266,175 award will enable the college to enhance its Court Reporting program.

    During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Community College of Allegheny County board of trustees, the board welcomed former CCAC president John Mack Kingsmore, PhD, as president emeritus, a title conferred upon Kingsmore at the March 7 board meeting.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2013 In this profile, CCAC dean Richard L. Allison shares his journey of how a family tragedy inspired a career in education.

    The Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center will host the fourth annual Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Odyssey Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on October 11.

    September 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus ice hockey team received baseline concussion tests on Saturday, September 21, through HEADS UP Pittsburgh—a partnership between CCAC, UPMC Sports Medicine and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation that provides neurocognitive baseline testing to youth athletes in western Pennsylvania.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus will host an Open Stage Night, hosted by Greg Joseph of The Clarks, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013, on the CCAC–North Campus Atrium stage, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

    Graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) FireVEST scholarship program have been honored by Allegheny County Council for their achievements and service to the community. Allegheny County volunteer firefighters can join the program and receive full scholarships to CCAC by committing to serve with a volunteer fire department for the next five years.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host the 12th Annual Dr. Carolyn Grubbs Williams Leadership Development Institute and The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership beginning October 13.

    The Community College of Allegheny County was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, a global media outlet for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This designation signifies that CCAC is among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and their spouses as students by creating a supportive on-campus environment.

    Two Community College of Allegheny County students finished first and second place in the 2013 American Welding Society’s Weld-Off competition hosted by the Boilermakers Local Union 154. Benjamin Richey of Greentree and Adam Festa of Cheswick took the top honors, respectively, in the regional competition which every year sees the four best amateur students from schools in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio compete to earn prizes such as trophies, money, welding equipment and an opportunity to apprentice with the union. The awards will be presented at the AWS meeting on October 15.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs throughout October at its four campuses in Allegheny County. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss different job opportunities, answer questions and provide information. All of the job fairs are open to CCAC students and alumni as well as the general public.

    The Community College of Allegheny County, in coordination with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is hosting a naturalization ceremony for candidates for U.S. citizenship at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, in the Auditorium of the Foerster Student Service Center located on CCAC Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh (North Shore). The ceremony promises to have added significance for the candidates as the date coincides with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. More than 18,000 people will become U.S. citizens during approximately 180 naturalization ceremonies taking place across the country from September 16 to September 23.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present “Wendell August Forge—A Crucible of Reinvention,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. Featured speakers include Will Knecht, president, Wendell August Forge; Chris Keck, master craftsman, Wendell August Forge and representative, USW; and Dave Soltesz, president, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

    Beginning this October, the Community College of Allegheny County will offer its Welding Certificate program in Washington County. Through a partnership with the Mon Valley Career & Technical Center, CCAC students will now be able to take classes for the 18-credit program at MVCTC’s facility located in Charleroi. Initially, CCAC will offer just one class at the center, but plans are underway to expand the number of available courses. Welding 101 is scheduled to start October 15 and will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings for eight weeks. CCAC also offers both the Welding Certificate and the Welding Associate of Science programs at its West Hills Center location.

    August 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been selected to receive the Pennsylvania Automobile Association’s (PAA) prestigious Ambassador Grant in recognition of CCAC’s success in working with area dealerships to recruit and train automotive technicians, as well as for the college’s promotion of automotive careers within area high schools and career and technology centers.

    Allegheny County Council will recognize Richard L. Allison, dean of Academic Affairs and coordinating dean of Allied Health for the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus, with a proclamation in his honor at its regular meeting of council on August 20. This follows Allison’s receipt of the EMS Champion Award for “significant contributions to the health and safety of the residents and visitors to Allegheny County” at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Allegheny County Emergency Medical Services Council held June 13 at Heinz Field.

    July 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–South Campus is hosting a free Admissions and Financial Workshop in Room G311 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 30. CCAC representatives will be on hand to address questions on a wide range of topics including the college’s admission process, types of programs offered at the college and financial aid options available to students.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Massage Therapy programs are among a limited number of programs in the region where graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to sit for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork; the National Examination for Therapeutic Massage; the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam; and/or the National Examination for State Licensing.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) South Campus Theatre presents the Tony award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof at 8:00 p.m. August 1 through August 3, and August 9 and 10. Directed by J.R. Hall with music direction by Mark Domencic and choreography by Mindy Rossi-Stabler, the production also includes a 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on August 11.

    June 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) graduates the second-highest number of registered nurses among the nation’s two-year institutions, according to a report by Community College Week. CCAC also awards the seventh-largest number of associate’s degrees in health careers.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees has selected Michael T. Murphy, EdD, as interim president of the college. Dr. Murphy, of University Park, FL, was interim president at CCAC during the previous presidential search in 2007 and 2008.

    CCAC Golf Regionals

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus Golf Team placed second at the 2013 NJCAA Region XX Golf Championship, which they hosted May 3-5 at Pittsburgh National Golf Club.

    For the third consecutive year, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant to foster appreciation of classic works of literature. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 30 selections from US and world literature. CCAC is one of 77 organizations nationwide—and one of only three in Pennsylvania—to receive the grant this year.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–North Campus Golf Team member Eric Poplowski was named to the 2013 NJCAA Division II PING All-American Team as an Honorable Mention. Only the top 15 players in the nation are given this honor, which is awarded annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Poplowski was also selected to the PING All-Region East Team.

    n an attempt to win $10,000 for the CCAC Educational Foundation, the Community College of Allegheny County is urging all of its Facebook friends to like, comment and share CCAC posts. Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the Social Madness! contest is designed to reward the organization with the most social engagement on Facebook. The contest begins today and runs through August 19.

    May 2013

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present the fifth annual Vanguard Diversity Awards in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. June 6 in the Foerster Student Service Center on CCAC–Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, North Shore.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) South Campus Theatre Company, Food for Groundlings, presents Shakespeare’s classic revenge play Julius Caesar at 8:00 p.m. June 6 through June 8, and June 14 and 15. The company is presenting its inaugural production to the public free of charge.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is among 82 colleges and universities nationally to receive a 2013 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The award recognizes institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs.

    Alex Johnson, president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), has been appointed president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Cleveland, Ohio, Tri-C officials announced yesterday. He will begin his duties there July 1.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will celebrate its 2013 commencement ceremony at 7:00 this evening in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. More than 5,000 students, family members, faculty, staff and other guests are expected to attend to recognize the graduates who will participate in the ceremony.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present “Cybersecurity—Implications for Workforce & Technology Development,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The featured speaker will be Ernest McDuffie, PhD, lead, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He will then join a panel discussion with Michael R. Dunleavy, business manager/financial secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 5 and Jinx P. Walton, chief information officer, University of Pittsburgh. The Honorable David J. Hickton, US district attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, will serve as moderator.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees today approved a $112.5 million operating budget for the 2013–2014 fiscal year, including a $4.25-per-credit tuition increase for Allegheny County residents.

    April 2013

    The jersey celebrates the team’s fifth benefit game, which in December raised $3,500 for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. In the past five years, the team has raised in excess of $13,500 for local charities.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), eight other colleges and universities and several community organizations are co-sponsors of College Success 101, a one-day conference designed to aid in preparing high school sophomores and juniors in Pittsburgh Public Schools and throughout the Pittsburgh region for the college admission process.

    Two Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) students have been named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) student Terrell Grayson has been honored with a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow Award. Bestowed by Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents, the award this year recognizes 181 college student leaders nationwide who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

    Seven Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) students have been named to the 2013 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, an honor bestowed on behalf of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society. The CCAC students share the honor with 38 other community college students from across the commonwealth.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Allegheny Campus Dance Club in collaboration with the CCAC–Allegheny Campus chapter of Nu Delta Alpha will host the 3rd Annual Gospel Liturgical Dance Festival Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Foerster Student Service Center located on CCAC–Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh (North Shore near Heinz Field).

    During yesterday’s regular meeting of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Board of Trustees, the board recognized alumnus Robert M. Mill as a trustee emeritus.

    New for this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is offering a Paramedic program with both certificate and degree options. The program is unique to the region as CCAC is the only institution in Allegheny County offering a Paramedic Associate of Science degree program. The program is one of 25 credit Allied Health programs offered by the college.