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 provides materials from a variety of
colleges and universities, including brochures, catalogs,
applications, video cassettes, Internet sites and databases,
computerized college and university search programs, and
scholarship and financial aid information.
Register online for the CCAC Job Bank. It's a great place to look for local jobs listed through CCAC.
Our professional placement staff can help you develop career
search strategies exploring how to tap into hidden job markets.
Staff members can help you investigate career openings, job
opportunities and job growth potential in various fields. Graduates looking for a job also should register at the Job Placement & Career Services office. Many local employers list job vacancies with our office. In processing employers' hiring inquiries, staff members rely upon students' registration, resume and letters of recommendation.
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work-Study Program is a form of federal financial aid made available to qualified, eligible students. Funds received for the Federal Work-Study Program are provided from the U.S. Department of Education. The college provides an institutional match for funds received by the Department and therefore provides additional funds to spend on the program. The primary purpose of the Federal Work-Study Program is to assist eligible students who have demonstrated financial need with funds to help defray their educational costs. This part-time employment provides both financial and educational benefits to students. Wages earned assist students with transportation, personal and living expenses while enrolled at the college. In addition, the experiences gained on the job provide students with relevant job experiences that can be built upon in future employment planning. Students are placed, whenever possible, in jobs that best fit their interests, experiences and academic major. Not all students will be placed in areas requested. Student Eligibility
Students requesting Federal Work-Study funds must meet certain eligibility criteria for employment in the program. These are as follows:
Work Study Application (available in Financial Aid or Job Placement and Career Service offices)
Students must be currently enrolled for at least 6 credits during fall/spring;
Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal needs analysis formula. Factors used in the needs analysis formula include such things as student and parent taxable and untaxable income, assets of both the student and parent and the number of family members in the household.
Students must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an eligible resident alien.
Students must not be in default on an educational loan or owe repayment of an educational grant.
Students must be in good academic standing according to the Federal Financial Aid Guidelines
The following resources are available to individuals who may need assistance in preparing a resume and/or cover letter. CCAC Job Placement and Career Services assists community members, students and alumni in all aspects of their job search. Individual, group, on-line and in-print assistance with resume and cover letter writing, successful interviewing techniques and effective job search skills are available. Individual assistance can be scheduled by contacting the Job Placement & Career Services office at a campus most convenient to you.
Resume formats can vary depending on the type of position of interest and what areas a person wants to highlight, such as, education and work experience. Please reference the Job Search Manual for examples of the types of formats. For more resume information and templates that are widely available please contact the Job Placement and Career Services office at a campus most convenient to you.
Cover LettersCover letters vary as well, but all cover letters typically attempt to highlight similar subjects. A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored, so, it makes good sense to devote the necessary time and effort to writing effective cover letters. A cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume. Its purpose is to interpret the data-oriented, factual resume and add a personal touch. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression.Cover Letter FormatTo be effective, your cover letter should follow the basic format of a typical business letter and should address three general issues:
Use CCAC's career library. It
contains information on careers, salary ranges, educational
qualifications, long range job predictions, how to conduct the job
search, and choosing a major and career.
A glossary of terms is available that contains terms and definitions that are commonly used by Job Placement and Career Services professionals. Use the Glossary of Terms.