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.
SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is a set of articulation
agreements that seamlessly links high school and college Career and
Technical Education (CTE) together, allowing well qualified high
school graduates to earn college credit for successfully completing
certain CTE programs at a technical high school. With SOAR credits,
a student can graduate with an associate's degree sooner, with less
student debt and with the technical skills necessary to join the
workforce in a High Priority Occupation.
What CCAC programs
are included in SOAR?Pennsylvania's
Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) has
compiled a list of programs that are offered at many of the
technical high schools across the state for inclusion in SOAR. For
each, the Bureau has compiled a task list of skill competencies
that a high school student will master upon successful completion
of the curriculum. Successful completion at the high school level
can then translate into college credits at any of the state's 14
community colleges and many other postsecondary technical
CCAC has created 75 SOAR articulation agreements with
Pennsylvania technical high schools in 34 different technical
programs (both the most in the state).
To see which CCAC courses have been articulated for specific SOAR
programs, use CollegeTransfer.net or view
the pdf file Articulated CCAC Courses by CIP.
What are the
advantages of SOAR for students?
What does a high school
student need to do to earn the articulated SOAR credits at
What documents must students submit to CCAC for SOAR
To get a printable set of SOAR documents (Task List Coversheet,
Secondary Competency Task List Coversheet and a program Task Grid)
When does a CCAC student get the articulated
Unless stated otherwise in the agreement, students will be
awarded the articulated credits upon the successful completion of
their first CCAC course.
Where will CCAC's SOAR
students come from?Any high school Career and Technical Education student,
who successfully fulfills the requirements of a secondary SOAR
program, can earn articulated credits at any community college or
postsecondary institution within Pennsylvania that has signed onto
that particular SOAR agreement. For CCAC, we anticipate that most
of our SOAR students will come from the Pittsburgh Public Schools
or one of Allegheny County's five Career and Technical Education