CCAC South Campus celebrates opening of state-of-the-art Film Technician Center

CCAC Film Center Ribbon Cutting 2019
Article by: CCAC Public Relations
Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its new Film Center, which will house the campus’ rapidly growing Film Technician program. Local dignitaries, including County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and CCAC administrators, faculty, staff and students were in attendance to share in the festivities and view the new space that will house the highly successful program.

Launched at South Campus in the spring of 2017, CCAC’s Film Technician program is designed to address the shortage of qualified film crew members in the Pittsburgh region. The program focuses on the technical aspects of the filmmaking process and prepares students for a variety of careers in the film and television industry. Major players in the industry have joined the faculty to share their real-world knowledge and experience, and graduates have gone on to work on professional sets and even make their own movies.

The new state-of-the-art center will better accommodate the growing program, which expanded from 30 students across four courses in the spring of 2018 to more than 130 students across 13 courses in the spring of 2019. The center features a large film studio, construction area, woodshop, sound room, computer lab, classroom, dressing room and equipment center. Film Technician students learn a range of hands-on skills and create their own films, shooting in a variety of campus facilities as well as in public settings.

“All of the courses have a hands-on approach so our students have the core skills they need to be successful in the industry,” said P.J. Gaynard, associate professor and director of the program. “This new center will definitely help us further our goals.”

Every semester, the students present their final projects—a collection of short films, music videos, spec commercials, poster presentations and cinematography reels—to the college and wider community. Work from other students in the department, such as built props, painted set pieces and constructed sets, is also displayed. The next student screenings and showcase will take place on Friday, May 10, at the South Campus Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. Students will present 18 short films, 18 spec commercials, 13 music videos and other projects. A $200 cash scholarship, provided by Entertainment Partners, will be presented to a deserving student in the program.

For more information about CCAC”s Film Technician program, visit or contact PJ Gaynard at

CCAC South Campus is located at 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122.

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