• Press Releases 2018

    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 2018

    The Community College of Allegheny County and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will present a Junior Chamber of Commerce Workshop on marketing and communications at CCAC's Homewood-Brushton Center on Wednesday, September 26. The workshop, "Marketing Savvy for Your Business," will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    CCAC Allegheny Campus will host the second annual HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Recruitment and Transfer Fair on Thursday, October 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Club will host their fifth "Cookout in the Park with Healthcare Options" on Saturday, September 8, 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.

    The Community College of Allegheny County and the Northgate School District are partnering to offer high school students an opportunity to earn a 30-credit General Education Certificate through the College in High School (CIHS) program, with classes taught onsite at Northgate High School.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Washington County Center is offering a Small Business Management course that starts October 19 and runs for eight weeks. The hybrid course combines traditional classroom instruction (60 percent) with online collaboration and learning (40 percent). The in-class portion of the course will be held at the center on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus will host its first-ever 5K race on Sunday, Oct. 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.

    August 2018

    Community College of Allegheny County student Qingqing Zhao of Cheswick is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society members named as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and, as such, will receive a $1,000 scholarship. A dual enrollment student, Zhao is a junior at Shady Side Academy Senior School. She is pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Management at CCAC, where she is taking General Chemistry 1 and Differential Equations courses this semester.

    CCAC will launch the Men of Merit Initiative Fall 2018 Speaker Series beginning in September. The series will feature presentations by outstanding Pittsburgh leaders on how to achieve personal and professional success in the 21st century.

    The Community College of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce have partnered for the first time to establish a new apprenticeship program that will train employees of local manufacturers in mechatronics.

    The Community College of Allegheny County and the Penn Hills School District are partnering to offer high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The College in High School (CIHS) program, which begins with the start of the school year on Sept. 4, offers an alternative to the traditional method of taking the Advanced Placement (AP) exam administered by The College Board.

    Students at the Community College of Allegheny County who work at McDonald's restaurants may be eligible for up to $2,500 a year in scholarship money. The Archways to Opportunity program provides eligible McDonald's employees funds to pursue their educational goals as long as they are in school.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is offering a nine-session class that has been developed to help individuals prepare for the math portion of the entrance examination that is used by the local trade unions when recruiting new apprentices. The class will be held at CCAC Allegheny Campus on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. beginning Aug. 25.

    Noretta Willig with her book

    Ann Howley, a writing instructor at Community College of Allegheny County, is very proud of her students, and with good reason-since taking her noncredit writing classes at CCAC, four students have become published authors.

    Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host a conference that explores the Vietnam War from the varying perspectives of Vietnam veterans, anti-war resisters and representatives from the Vietnamese community. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium and Lobby, followed by a march to the Vietnam Memorial on the North Shore where a ceremony will be held honoring T.J. McGarvey and the Pittsburgh Building Trades who built the memorial with donated labor.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host the 5th Annual TAZ (The Authors' Zone) Writers' Conference on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The exact location is to be determined, based on enrollment.) The TAZ Writers' Conference is an opportunity for writers of all levels to receive in-depth instruction on various writing-related topics in one day.

    Councilmen Sam DeMarco (left) and Tom Baker with Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki and John Boehm

    Dr. Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, president of the Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus and West Hills Center, and John Boehm, dean of Administration at CCAC's North Campus and West Hills Center, have been selected as District 1 Difference Maker Award winners by Allegheny County Council District 1 officials. The awardees were honored along with eight other winners at the 4th Annual District 1 Town Hall meeting on July 30.

    July 2018

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus recently hosted a day-long educational camp that taught students entering sixth through eighth grades all about DNA. In the Digging for DNA Biotech Bootcamp, students engaged in fun hands-on learning activities, such as creating models and investigating a "crime scene."

    Ashnaa Bhide with her winning project.

    CCAC served as a sponsor and judge in the Robotics category for the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Covestro PRSEF) held at Heinz Field in the spring.

    An Achieva client helps to collect greens while other volunteers look on.

    A partnership between the Community College of Allegheny County and Achieva, a nonprofit organization supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and their families, promises to yield another bountiful harvest from the CCAC South Campus community garden this summer.

    CCAC scholarship applications for the fall 2018 semester are being accepted now through the Award Spring online application portal. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 24 by 4pm. Good luck!

    Community College of Allegheny County Associate Professor Jill Oblak traveled to Cuba last month with a group of college professors and high school teachers from Pittsburgh and across the country to see and experience first-hand the island nation that has been closed to most Americans for almost 60 years. Knowing very little about Cuba prior to embarking, Oblak, who teaches Sociology at CCAC Boyce Campus, found the trip to be "fascinating and enriching."

    The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center in Oakdale will offer demonstrations of its Mechatronics Technology program during College Kickstart Day, a free open house event that will be held at all eight of CCAC's locations. The event runs from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and is open to all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that the CCAC Workforce Development Division has joined the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Academy. As a member institution of the AWS Academy, the college has access to an authorized cloud computing curriculum developed and maintained by the academy. AWS Academy certifications recognize individuals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy and operate applications on AWS.

    June 2018

    CCAC Respiratory Therapy student in disaster drill

    Approximately 20 Respiratory Therapy students from the Community College of Allegheny County served as mock victims for a disaster drill sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Department at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

    Houston Trip

    Five students from the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus (Pa.) traveled to Houston to help residents who are still struggling to recover from the disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, which caused at least 106 deaths in the U.S. last August.

    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 7, 14 and 28. The course is free; however, students need to register to attend.

    Four students in CCAC's Mechatronics Technology program at West Hills Center have been awarded a total of $17,000 in merit scholarships from PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute).

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    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, July 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free open house event is open to all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is one of 24 institutions across the country to receive a mini-grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) that is designed to advance civic learning and social responsibility as expected dimensions within students' majors.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is providing education and training that leads to well-paying jobs in STEM fields-all at no cost to students. The BioMaS (Biotechnology, Math & Sciences) Workforce Collaborative program enables students to earn a Certificate or Associate of Science in Biotechnology, or an Associate of Science in Teacher Education Middle Level Mathematics or Teacher Education Middle Level Science Specialization in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is offering four STEM-related degrees or certificates thanks to a five-year National Science Foundation grant.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County participated for the first time in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition, held the week of May 14 at the David Lawrence Convention Center.

    CDL

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus has rolled out a new noncredit Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program that is designed to help meet the high demand for commercial truck drivers.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus has enhanced its free shuttle service for CCAC students living in the Perry Highway corridor. Due to demand from the area, an additional route to West View, with a stop at the Dunkin' Donuts on West View Park Drive, will be added at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.

    South Campus student volunteers

    Five students from CCAC South Campus traveled to Houston, Texas, this month to help residents who are still struggling to recover from the disastrous flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, which caused at least 106 deaths in the U.S. last August.

    May 2018

    Milton Hall Rotunda

    The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that the college has received a 2018 Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The awards were granted to 46 community colleges across the nation for outstanding innovations that serve community college students.

    JoAnn Avoli

    The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that Health Information Technology Professor JoAnn Avoli, MEd, RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) has been selected to receive the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Distinguished Member Award for 2018.

    Dr. Quintin Bullock

    The Community College of Allegheny County conferred degrees, certificates and diplomas on more than 500 graduates at its 51st annual commencement ceremony held Thursday, May 17, at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. A gathering of approximately 3,000 students, family members, faculty, staff and other guests attended to recognize the participating graduates. A total of 2,318 CCAC students were candidates for graduation.

    Krysta Snodgrass

    Community College of Allegheny County North Campus student Krysta Snodgrass has been named Young Adult Honoree for the 2018 Arthritis Foundation's Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis. Teams and individuals raise funds leading up to the event, then come together for a non-competitive 5K walk.

    Pi Day egg drop contest web

    The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society for high schools and two-year colleges, has been named the winner of the honor society's Pi Day contest-beating out high schools and community colleges from across the nation. Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in students.

    A team from the Community College of Allegheny County will participate in the National Robotics League competition on May 18 and 19 at California University of Pennsylvania. The team, which is comprised of six students in the college's Mechatronics Technology program at CCAC's West Hills Center, will compete against college and high school teams from across the nation.

    PTK Allegheny PTK chapter

    Alpha Mu Theta, the Allegheny Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Community College of Allegheny County, returned from the international "Catalyst" convention last month in Kansas City with an armload of well-deserved awards.

    April 2018

    foodpantry

    Though Pittsburgh has multiple agencies dedicated to addressing the hunger that affects low-income residents throughout the city, few had looked at another population in need–college students.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus and West Hills Center will offer a wide variety of five-day summer camps to help ensure an active, fun and enriching summer for the area's youth. The camps will begin July 9 and are open to students who have completed first through 12th grades. Sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 12:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., except for SAT Prep, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The public is invited to the opening of C.O.M.P.A.S.S.-collaboration of music | portfolio | arts | student showcase-on Thursday, April 19, in the historic West Hall Cultural and Fine Arts Center on CCAC's Allegheny Campus.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will celebrate the opening of the Allegheny Campus, North Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center food pantries with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Allegheny Campus on Monday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the Physical Education Building. The pantries are made possible through a partnership with East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM).