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.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
CCAC offers a number of different degrees. All of our degree
programs have three required components: basic skills, general
education and specialized knowledge. There is also a a set of general distribution
requirements. (Individual programs may have more specific
requirements; see our list of academic programs for more
The courses that count towards your degree come in three types: required courses, restricted electives and general electives. In addition to degrees, CCAC offers diplomas and
certificates and options for concentration within
your program of study.
CCAC offers the Associate of Arts, Associate of
Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees.
Both the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science
degrees can prepare you to continue your education at another
college. Most four-year colleges and universities do not accept the
Associate of Applied Science as a transfer degree, unless a
agreement exists. All degree programs at the Community College of Allegheny County require the completion of a minimum of 60 credits of course work distributed according to individual requirements.
*The Community College recommends that all graduates be
computer literate in their field of study. Your academic
advisor and program faculty can outline the various options for
developing computer literacy.
**Specific courses and credits required in your program
are outlined on the appropriate program page. All courses
should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.
As a student at the College, you will be required to declare a program of study. If you are not sure of your program, or you are enrolling to take a course to transfer to another college or university, a program category of "unknown" or "non-CCAC student" will be assigned by the College.
When a program of study is declared, you will be responsible for meeting the program's requirements. Please note that there are certain programs for which requirements may change because of current technology or practices. When such changes occur, all new students in the program and all students who re-enroll in the program after an extended absence must follow the new requirements.
Some programs are designed to allow you to select an area of concentration. These areas of concentration are called program options. As you work towards an Associate of Science in Theatre, for example, you may have a concentration in Acting, Technical Theatre or Dance.
The distribution of your courses among the following three
areas determines whether the program you have selected leads to an
Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of
Applied Science degree.
For every program there are different kinds of courses you need to take in order to earn that degree.