The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
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Seton Hill University's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Task Force will hold its annual educational program in commemoration of Dr. King's birthday, featuring Community College of Allegheny County President Dr. Quintin Bullock speaking on the theme "A Voice, A Vision, A Purpose."
Ash Warren, a Film Technician student at Community College of Allegheny County, has been named a Next Generation Fellow at WQED in Pittsburgh. Through the program, Warren is enhancing production skills and gaining real-world experience in the field of filmmaking. WQED Fellows learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own films.
“We’re returning to [Filmmakers'] roots, where we’re going to be offering artists services and short-term classes. We're just not going to be servicing universities anymore.”
Community colleges enroll over half of the undergraduate students in U.S. higher education and increasingly serve as the gateway to a postsecondary credential, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. As noted by researchers (Astin, 1984; McClenney & Marti, 2006; Tinto, 1993), student engagement within and outside of the classroom setting remains central to an institution’s ability to advance student success.
Before Spike Lee was a household name as an acclaimed film director whose movies have made people think, cry, laugh and…yes, think, Lee was one of the hundreds of thousands who attended—and graduated—from an HBCU.
RUFF CREEK – A $1 million state grant will help the UMWA Career Centers Inc. launch a new advanced manufacturing and mechatronics program at its training facility near Ruff Creek.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.
Community College of Allegheny County recently brought home state awards for excellence in student journalism. The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center is the recipient of multiple 2019 Student Keystone Press Awards (Division III), including four first-place awards.
The Community College of Allegheny County continued its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center at "Engineer the Future" held on February 21-23. The focus of the event was to inspire middle and high school students to explore careers in engineering as they participated in hands-on activities, interacted with professionals in the field, and viewed presentations at more than 40 event tables.
The Community College of Allegheny County, in response to the sudden closure of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 8, is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.
Jeanine Bedner, a first-year student in the Community College of Allegheny County's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, has been named a Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) scholarship recipient. As such, she will attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., held March 31 to April 2. Bedner is the only PTA student from among the 17 PTA programs in the commonwealth selected to receive a scholarship.
The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce that CCAC Dual Enrollment student Teresa (Tess) Strub has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to Malone University, a Christian liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. Strub won the scholarship based on a speech competition in which she placed first among 60 participants.
The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center is offering qualified individuals the opportunity to train for a new career in Information Technology Support. This certificate program provides students with specific technical competencies for entry-level employment as a user support or network support specialist.
Students in the Radiation Therapy Technology Program at the Community College of Allegheny County are training on equipment just like that used at leading teaching hospitals around the world.
The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs beginning March 6 and continuing through April 4 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.
The Community College of Allegheny County will launch One College, One Community Reads! on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the CCAC South Campus Theatre. The public is invited to attend the kickoff of this literary initiative, which is designed to promote reading and open dialogue within the college and the wider community.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Community College of Allegheny County is proudly participating in American Heart Month by hosting "CCAC Loves Your Heart!" at The Mall at Robinson on Saturday, February 23. Activities will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Court near Starbucks.
The Community College of Allegheny County and Youngstown State University have recently signed an articulation agreement that provides a pathway for graduates of CCAC's Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at YSU. The agreement enables CCAC graduates to seamlessly transfer to YSU and earn a bachelor's degree through convenient online classes.
Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier, professor of History at Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus, received the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s Mother Jones Award in recognition of her lifetime commitment to advancing the interests of the working class. Cavalier was presented with the award at the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s 2018 annual awards dinner last fall.
CCAC Professor Dr. Stephanie Goloway recently shared her expertise on how to support young children dealing with family substance use disorder on a podcast for HiMama, an early childhood education technology company.
Dr. Ebony English, professor of Social Work at CCAC Allegheny Campus, has been selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. During her two-year term, which starts this month, she will review scholarly manuscripts, including research, instructional and review articles. English resides in the North Hills community of Adams Township, located in Gibsonia.
PITTSBURGH-Dr. Elizabeth DeChurch Strenkowski, director of Admissions at CCAC Boyce Campus, has been named the Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA). She was honored at the Recognition Banquet of the 63rd Annual PSCA Conference, held in Hershey, Pa., on November 29. PSCA members pointed to Strenkowski's role in developing a college- and career-ready approach at CCAC with numerous high schools in Allegheny County.
Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus is offering a new service to help ensure students have everything they need to be successful beyond the classroom. Following on the success of the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry, South Campus has created the Campus Closet, which opened with a soft launch in November. The Campus Closet provides professional attire at no cost for students who don't have the proper clothing for job interviews or conferences.
The Community College of Allegheny County, Catalyst Connection and DMI Industries joined 50 other business leaders and community college partners from 15 states in Washington, D.C., this month to speak with senators and representatives, including leadership on the Senate and House education and workforce committees, to discuss the critical role that small- and medium-sized businesses should play as Congress develops and modernizes education and workforce policies. The attendees urged lawmakers to close the skills gap and invest in strategies that develop a pipeline of skilled, trained workers that meets the demand of growing industries.
The Community College of Allegheny County will conclude the Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by Carmen A. Anderson, director of Equity and Social Justice at the Heinz Endowments. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.
The Community College of Allegheny County and Sharon Regional Medical Center are partnering to offer a new satellite paramedic program at the Sharon, Pa. facility. The Paramedic program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to obtain National Registry certification as paramedics. Applicants must be at minimum certified EMTs. The partnership will meet the urgent need for paramedic level education to develop emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to care for communities and patients in the northwest region of Pennsylvania.
Sierra Dunlap, a resident of Penn Hills and a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at CCAC Boyce Campus, was presented with the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) 2018 Student Leadership award at PPTA's annual conference, held last month in Valley Forge. Annually, two outstanding students-one each from among the 18 physical therapy programs and the 17 physical therapy assistant programs in the commonwealth-are honored with the award.
Maria (Mia) Maneer was working parttime as a security guard, making about $5,000 a year and receiving food, medical and transportation assistance, when she learned about the Modern Office Systems Training (MOST) program offered at CCAC Braddock Hills Center. The program provides free, up-to-date office technology training to unemployed and underemployed individuals for the purpose of developing employment skills that will lead to self-sufficiency and career advancement.
The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus will offer winter intersession courses from December 18, 2018, to January 11, 2019. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest.
Allegheny County Council honored recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program during the council's meeting on October 23 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free open house event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.
The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will offer winter intersession courses from December 18, 2018, to January 11, 2019. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest. The initiative also provides opportunities for Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients to continue receiving their monthly housing allowance while furthering their degree during the break.
Nine students in CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology program at West Hills Center visited Chicago from Oct. 15 to 18 to attend the PMMI PACK EXPO International trade show held by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute). Accompanied by CCAC Assistant Professor Patricia Thompson and CCAC Adjunct Professor Janine Mickey, the second-year students had the opportunity to witness cutting-edge technology and to meet with more than 2,000 vendors of automated equipment used in the packaging industry.
The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, November 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the North Campus Atrium stage. The forum will feature four candidates-two running for the Pennsylvania Senate and two running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Members of the public are invited to attend. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
he Community College of Allegheny County's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is recognizing 30 years of academic excellence, career training, civic engagement and service learning. The anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, November 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the program's 22nd Annual Alumni Poster Night hosted by the PTA Class of 2019. The hallmark event will be held in the Performance and Lecture Hall Lobby located in the South Wing of CCAC Boyce Campus.
CCAC will present “Mission Critical: Filling Tomorrow’s Jobs”, a labor and management panel discussion focusing on how business and labor can collectively address the rising challenge of the growing skills gap. The event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, at Allegheny Campus.
The Community College of Allegheny County will continue the Men of Merit Initiative Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by the Honorable Austin A. Davis, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 35. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.
Employees of the Community College of Allegheny County have walked the distance to promote good health by participating in the SparkPittsburgh Company Step Challenge. The college finished in third place among large companies in the Pittsburgh region-up from seventh place last year-with 43,798,006 steps in all.
Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus Theatre will present a One-Act Festival that is acted, directed and produced entirely by students. The plays will be performed on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 12:00 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Students and community members are invited to find out how they can receive training at the Community College of Allegheny County in two years or less toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers. CCACs West Hills Center will host a Skilled Trades & Services Fair on Tuesday, November 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This is CCAC's 11th annual trades fair, which typically draws 400 to 600 high school students from 50 area high schools.
Community College of Allegheny County's Respiratory Therapy program will celebrate National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 22 to 26, with activities designed to promote respiratory health. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, students at Allegheny Campus will staff informational tables in the Milton Hall Rotunda as well as in the Foerster Student Services Center, outside of the cafeteria, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center is inviting high school students, parents, community members and local businesses to Manufacturing Day 2017 on Wednesday, October 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Manufacturing Day is an international event where thousands of businesses and schools across North America celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
The Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus will host its first-ever 5K race on Sunday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. The event is open to the college and the wider community. Proceeds from the race will benefit CCAC South Campus student clubs and organizations.
The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center in Oakdale will host Odyssey Day in collaboration with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The education and outreach event is coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. This year's theme is "Smart Cities."
The Community College of Allegheny County will continue the Men of Merit Initiative Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by K. Chase Patterson, chief executive officer of Urban Academy, a K-5 elementary charter school in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus. As an active member of the community, Patterson has been instrumental in shepherding black millennial leaders into roles of power throughout the region.
Bonita L. Richardson, assistant to the President and the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Allegheny County, has been named a Women of Excellence honoree for 2018 by the New Pittsburgh Courier. The honorees will be recognized at a special reception followed by a luncheon at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel on Friday, October 12, at 12:00 p.m.