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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create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
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.
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 is offering four STEM-related degrees or certificates thanks to a five-year National Science Foundation grant.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.