• Press Releases 2017

    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.

  • September 2017

    Patrick Camut - parking chair bike rack

    Community College of Allegheny County student Patrick Camut has created a work of art that marries form and function in a distinctly Pittsburgh fashion. In response to a call from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for artists to design sculptural bicycle racks to be installed throughout the Cultural District, Camut used the skills he acquired in CCAC's Welding Technology program to create the parking chair to end all parking chairs.

    As the commercial construction industry continues to expand, the need for skilled tradespeople has never been greater. Construction of power plants, health care facilities, office buildings and mixed-use developments is creating lifelong career opportunities in the construction trades. Major undertakings include the repair and expansion of our region's infrastructure as well as the burgeoning natural gas industry.

    Filepe Rivero1

    Meet Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Felipe Rivero

    CCAC PTC Signing Ceremony--6

    The Community College of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Technical College have entered into a collaborative agreement that provides the opportunity for students who earn their associate degrees in business and information technology programs at CCAC an academic pathway to seamlessly transfer into a parallel bachelor's degree program at PTC. It is the first such collaboration between the two institutions.

    Second Half FA17

    Missed the fall start dates? Want to get a jump on spring 2018? Fall 2017 second-half courses at CCAC can help you get ahead.


    Join us for CCAC’s College Kickstart Day, our free open house event, which provides the perfect opportunity to learn all you ever wanted to know about the educational options at CCAC, career and transfer programs, emerging careers, financial aid and scholarships, campus facilities, and student-centered services and more. Meet faculty, staff and current students and take a tour of the facilities. Ask questions and get answers on the spot.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host a free seminar on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Designed for novices to enthusiasts, An Intro to Part 107: What it Takes to Become & Operate as a Remote Pilot will enable attendees to discover drones for the first time, as well as prepare them to become FAA certified remote pilots. The seminar will be held at CCAC South Campus on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room G-404.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is offering a new Barber program at CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center that will prepare students for a career in barbering and will train them in the skills needed to become licensed through the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Club will host their fourth “Cookout in the Park with Healthcare Options” on Saturday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Cedar Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side, located across the street from Light of Life Mission at 10 East North Avenue.

    Boyce Career Week

    Career Week at Boyce Campus & Braddock Hills Center

    9-5-17 Workforce Event

    To help workers get skills they need for in-demand jobs, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, members of County Council, Community College of Allegheny County’s Board of Trustees Chairman Frederick Thieman, CCAC President Dr. Quintin B. Bullock and other college officials today in Pittsburgh to announce the launch of a new collaborative workforce initiative which includes a partnership to fund construction of a new Workforce Training Center at the college’s Allegheny Campus.

    August 2017

    Megan Barko

    Community College of Allegheny County graduate Megan Barko was named Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshall and Tank Inspector in June. As such, she inspects above-ground and underground storage tanks at fueling stations to ensure the safety of customers, residents and station employees.

    Dr. Evon Walters

    Dr. Evon Walters, president of CCAC's Allegheny Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve a one-year term on the AACC's Commission on College Readiness.

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a Military & Veteran Student Appreciation Day at PNC Park on Thursday, August 24. Free tickets are available for military or veteran students, each of whom will also receive one free ticket for a guest. (Note: supplies are limited).

    July 2017

    CCAC and the Homewood-Brushton YMCA have partnered to offer an entry-level college course designed to encourage young people of color, ages 16 to 24, who have an interest in music, media or a related field to consider attending college.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center is offering an Entrepreneurship certificate program that will educate aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start or grow a small business.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand, an Introduction to Stenographic Theory on July 22 and August 5. The course is free, and students do not need to register at CCAC to attend. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 436 of Milton Hall.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, July 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free open house events are open to all prospective students and their families.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the PNC Charitable Trust to train workers from Washington County for jobs created by the construction of Shell Chemical's $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

    June 2017

    CCAC has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2017 HR Innovation Award. CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to CCAC’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the HR team’s choice.

    CCAC South IT Engineering Discovery Night Flyer

    CCAC South Campus will host an IT & Engineering Discovery Night for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, June 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room G311.

    Anthony DiTommaso, vice president and general counsel, Community College of Allegheny County, has been named to the Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) Board of Directors. DiTommaso will serve a term of three years for ALT, which protects green space in Allegheny and Washington counties.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus is now offering a Data Analytics Technology Associate of Science degree program that will prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions for completion of a bachelor's degree in data analytics.

    Dr. Kelli Maxwell

    Dr. Kelli Maxwell, dean of Student Development at CCAC South Campus, was named a 2017 American Association for Women in Community Colleges' (AAWCC) 40 Under 40 awardee. The award recognizes outstanding female leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in community colleges.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $113.8 million budget that provides for enrollment and retention initiatives, IT upgrades and deferred maintenance projects, funded through a modest tuition increase.

    May 2017


    CCAC students once again provided top-notch massage to runners at this year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Approximately 30 therapists from the CCAC Massage Therapy program, including 17 students and two faculty members, massaged more than 250 runners, each volunteering at least nine hours of service for the May 7 event. Based on the runners’ satisfaction with their massage skills and therapist interaction and knowledge, CCAC bested several other massage therapy schools to earn the trophy from Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) for Best Massage Therapy School in 2017.

    Miriam Wilson, MS, RD, LDN, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area Six Regional Practice Group. Wilson, of Zelienople, an assistant professor and director of CCAC’s Dietetic programs, received the award during the NDEP regional meeting held April 20 in Baltimore.

    Community College of Allegheny County student RyKai Wright was honored by Allegheny County Council, which issued an official proclamation recognizing Wright’s achievements at its April 19 meeting. A student at CCAC South and Allegheny campuses, Wright was selected as one of only six Achieving the Dream 2017 DREAM Scholars nationwide. As such, she recently attended the annual DREAM conference in San Francisco, where she engaged with other community college leaders to bring about powerful change for student success.

    April 2017

    CCAC All-PA team

    Eight exceptional Community College of Allegheny County students were honored as members of the 23rd Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet on Monday, April 3, in Harrisburg. The awards, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, recognize community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

    Firevest Release 4-2017

    Community College of Allegheny County's Fire Volunteer Education, Service & Training Scholarship (FireVEST) program is now in its eighth year. More than 330 Allegheny County volunteer firefighters have participated in this recruitment and retention program. These scholarship recipients serve in 136 of the county's 187 volunteer fire departments.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will host an Open House featuring the Art and Music programs, now located in West Hall, on Thursday, April 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Charlene Newkirk

    Charlene Newkirk, JD, president of Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus, received a 2017 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at the 99th annual Phi Theta Kappa “Catalyst” Convention, held April 6–8 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    CCAC Boyce Campus will host Tim Stevens, chairman and CEO of The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), for “Unity in Diversity Day” on Thursday, April 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union.

    MMI group at CCAC Allegheny Campus

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Men of Merit Initiative (MMI) is making a dramatic difference in the educational and life experiences of its members. Now in its second year, MMI is a student program that focuses on increasing the retention, engagement and academic success of male students of color.

    Community College of Allegheny County’s Boyce Campus will host a job fair for OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) and PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) students and alumni on Monday, May 15, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Representatives from many of the region’s health care employers will be on hand to discuss available job opportunities, answer questions and provide information. Attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, April 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free open house events are open to all prospective students and their families.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will present “Employee Real Estate Construction Trust Funds,” a labor and management discussion taking place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at Boyce Campus.

    March 2017

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will host Hip Hop in America: The Art of B-boying on Wednesday, April 5, in the Milton Hall Amphitheater. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a dance presentation from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., as well as music and food from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus Energy Project has been named an awardee of the prestigious 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 21 organizations across the commonwealth will receive the award for 16 projects that represent the very best in innovation, collaboration and public service in environmental stewardship. The awardees will be recognized at an event hosted by DEP and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on April 25 at the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will present “HBCU 101: Historically Black Colleges & Universities” on Thursday, March 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium lobby. The panel discussion will feature success stories of African-American college alumni in Pittsburgh.