• Press Releases 2014

    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.

  • November 2014

    CCAC Students and Cross Country Teammates Kayla Schwartz and Alex Garbini Small

    Two Community College of Allegheny County North Campus students, Kayla Schwartz and Alex Garbini, qualified to participate in the NJCAA Division III National Cross Country Championship. The championship was hosted by Finger Lakes Community College and held on November 8 in Canandaigua, NY.

    The Physical Therapist Assistant program at CCAC Boyce Campus is collecting food items for the Help Give Thanks food drive until November 19. Partnering with the Churchill/Wilkins Rotary Club, they will be collecting meals for families in need at Thanksgiving. View the attached flyer for a list of desired food items. Contact Rebecca Stevens (rstevens@ccac.edu) for more information.

    August 2014

    PITTSBURGH—Philip Little, education and outreach specialist for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, will present a workshop on “The Serious Impact of Social Media on our Lives” Wednesday, September 24, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. in room 3002 at CCAC’s North Campus in McCandless, Pa.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host the Pennsylvania Diversity Council’s Women in Leadership Symposium Thursday, August 21, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Foerster Student Service Center located on CCAC Allegheny Campus, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh (North Shore).

    July 2014

    PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is holding a series of free information sessions regarding the college’s East-West project, a new initiative designed to enable individuals to attend CCAC’s West Hills Center to train for high-demand jobs, while providing free transportation, support services and coaching in a team environment.

    PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus student Shelley Spaw has been honored with an Allegheny County Emergency Medical Services Council EMS Champion Award for services performed during her field experience with the Canonsburg Ambulance Service. Spaw was presented with the award at the council’s 37th Annual Meeting held June 12 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland.

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is assisting the Pittsburgh Police Department in their investigation concerning the unauthorized removal of chemicals and other supplies from a chemistry laboratory located in the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center. The unauthorized access occurred sometime between the evening hours of June 30 and the morning of July 1.

    June 2014

    PITTSBURGH—Starting this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County will offer its Mechatronics Technology program in both associate degree and certificate options. Mechatronics is a relatively new engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics and computer controls in the manufacture of industrial products. In his visit to CCAC’s West Hills Center in April, President Barack Obama touted CCAC’s program, calling it a model for the nation.

    In an effort to showcase its educational programs and opportunities, the Community College of Allegheny County is hosting a free enrollment open house at all eight of its locations Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for prospective students and their families. Information regarding CCAC’s academic programs, admissions and enrollment procedures, financial aid options, transfer and career opportunities and college services, sports, clubs and other activities will be provided.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Club will host their second annual Picnic with Healthcare Options, Saturday, June 7 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Cedar Park located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, adjacent to Allegheny General Hospital’s ER department.

    May 2014

    The Community College of Allegheny County South Campus is hosting free information sessions designed to provide prospective students information regarding CCAC’s academic programs, transfer opportunities, financial aid options and admissions procedures.

    PITTSBURGH—For the fourth consecutive year, the Community College of Allegheny County 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 Artsin partnership with Arts Midwest, provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from US and world literature.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host the sixteenth annual College Success 101 conference Tuesday, May 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Foerster Student Service Center located on CCAC Allegheny Campus on the North Shore. This free conference is open to high school students enrolled in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and other area high schools who wish to learn more about the college search process, admissions criteria, financial aid and scholarship opportunities as well as other aspects pertaining to college selection and enrollment.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $109.6 million budget that addresses a projected budget shortfall though a combination of cuts to expenses and a modest tuition increase.

    April 2014

    The Community College of Allegheny County will celebrate its 2014 commencement with ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15 at the Peterson Events Center located on the upper campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

    Charlene Newkirk, JD, campus president at the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus and Washington County Center, and Mary Frances Archey, EdD, vice president, Student Success and Completion at CCAC, have been selected as delegates to the College Board, the highly respected organization dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

    The Community College of Allegheny County, together with the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race and Gender Equity, will host the annual Stand Against Racism Rally this Friday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Foerster Student Service Center auditorium located on the CCAC Allegheny Campus on the North Shore.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus Dance Club in collaboration with the CCAC Allegheny Campus chapter of Nu Delta Alpha will host the 4th Annual Gospel Liturgical Dance Festival Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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).

    As part of its series of free information sessions on a variety of college-related programs and topics, the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus is hosting an interactive engineering information session Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Room D206. The session will offer live demonstrations in additive 3-D printing, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Individuals will have the opportunity to tour facilities, meet CCAC faculty and staff and learn about the college’s engineering programs and the enrollment process.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation was presented with a check in the amount of $181,778 from Prism Health Services at the company’s final meeting of its Board of Directors held at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin on April 2. The gift will be used to endow three scholarship funds designed to support students in CCAC’s Nursing, EMT and Paramedic programs. This donation follows an earlier gift of medical training equipment from the community ambulance service which ceased operations in 2011.

    March 2014

    The Community College of Allegheny County Fire Science Administration associate degree program has earned Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certification from the U.S. Fire Administration—currently the only associate degree program in Pennsylvania to receive this distinction. In order to earn the certification, a program must meet the minimum standards of excellence as established by FESHE and the National Fire Academy.

    Community College of Allegheny County Professor Ralph Proctor, PhD has just released his latest book, Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement. Written as a personal narrative with contributions from John Brewer Jr. and Teenie Harris, the book covers the people, the targets, the demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement as well as the results achieved.

    The Community College of Allegheny County, in conjunction with Healthyworks of Pennsylvania and the Central Blood Bank, is hosting a community Health Fair & Blood Drive Tuesday, April 1 at its North Campus location in McCandless.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Shawn Hinnebusch has been named a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation will honor three outstanding individuals and one outstanding community organization at the 2014 “Legends in Leadership” awards banquet Thursday, April 24. Members of the press are cordially invited.

    At an event appropriately titled “Tea with Ms. Elsie Henderson” held at the Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus on March 8 and given in cooperation with the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, famed cookbook author Elsie Henderson was presented with a scholarship named in her honor.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is presenting a free informational session on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Iceoplex at Southpointe in Canonsburg for potential students and their families interested in learning more about the college’s Washington County Center, its programs and the services CCAC offers to support individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities.

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team will travel to Ohio to compete in the Collegiate Ice Hockey Association’s Founders Cup National Championship Tournament March 13–15 in Newark.

    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, March 24, 2014, on the CCAC North Campus Atrium stage, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

    February 2014

    The Things They Carried

    Allegheny County high school and community college students, veterans, prison inmates and library patrons are separated by generations and experience, but Barbara Evans says Pittsburgh's Big Read has the potential to spark powerful responses among them as they read Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War classic, “The Things They Carried.”

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    The Community College of Allegheny County will kick off a month-long series of outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement with a free public event, The Big Read in Pittsburgh, held Monday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. The event will follow recognition of the initiative from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

    Community College of Allegheny County North Campus is hosting a free information session Monday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. for all junior and high school students interested in college athletics.

    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 will present “Obligation vs. the Affordability of Public Pensions—Understanding the Challenges,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Featured speakers include Brian K. Jensen, PhD, senior vice president, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and Michael J. Crossey, president, Pennsylvania State Education Association.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus men’s basketball team is the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference champion after the team beat Penn Highlands 94–81 on February 16.

    Four members of the Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team have been selected to try out for the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 Select Team on March 28–30 in Westchester, Pa.

    In an effort to address the critical need for bone marrow donors, the Community College of Allegheny County is partnering with Pittsburgh area chapters of historically Black Greek letter organizations and the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” initiative to identify potential bone marrow donors in the region.

    Beginning this month and running through June, the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus is hosting a series of free information sessions designed to highlight specific programs and answer questions regarding enrollment. Individuals will have the opportunity to tour facilities, meet faculty and staff and learn more about program offerings.

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team presented a check in the amount of $3,039.80 to Charlie Batch and Latasha Wilson-Batch from The Best of the Batch Foundation on Wednesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m. in the Atrium at CCAC North Campus in McCandless. CCAC North Campus administrators including Interim President Mary Lou Kennedy along with Athletic Director Chuck Bell, Athletic Secretary Denise Miller and students Paul McDonald Jr., Leah Craig, Nick Kaiser, Stephanie Baker and Jeff Gillenberger made the presentation.

    January 2014

    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, February 17, 2014, on the CCAC North Campus Atrium stage, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

    Jobs are available for those with skills in accounting, business management and e-commerce. Get prepared for a new career in the business sector with one of CCAC’s associate’s degree or certificate programs.

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    PITTSBURGH—At today’s special meeting of the Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees, the board unanimously appointed Quintin B. Bullock, DDS, president of Schenectady County Community College in New York, as the college’s ninth president.