Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CCAC in the News

Follow the links below to read or hear recent media coverage of CCAC. For more information, contact CCAC Public Relations.

March 2014

Community College Receives Awards
Source: CCAC Press Release
INSIDE WEXFORD
March 2014
CCAC receives two 2014 Accolade Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades Committee for promotion of CCAC’s Math Café program as well as for best practices in communications for The Big Read in Pittsburgh.

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February 2014

Pittsburgh’s Big Read spans generations, life experiences
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
For the fourth year in a row, CCAC kicks off The Big Read in Pittsburgh, a month-long series of outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement.

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January 2014

People on the Move: Company Awards
Source: CCAC Press Release
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES (BIZJOURNALS.COM)
Thursday, January 30, 2014
CCAC receives two 2014 Accolade Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades Committee for its work promoting the college’s Math Cafés and The Big Read in Pittsburgh.

Women’s conference set
Author Unknown
NEW CASTLE NEWS
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
CCAC North Campus hosts prestigious women’s conference with U.S. Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri as the keynote speaker.

Duquesne’s Wheatley Society celebrates King’s life, legacy
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEIGHBORHOODS)
Monday, January 20, 2014
CCAC student Diaillo Mitchell delivers an inspirational keynote address at the Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society of Duquesne’s annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration.

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December 2013 

CCAC names New York educator its new president
By Mary Niederberger
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
CCAC selects Dr. Quintin B. Bullock as the college’s ninth president.

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November 2013

CCAC teams with former Steeler Batch for benefit
By Jerry Clark
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The CCAC North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team hosts charity game to raise funds for The Best of the Batch Foundation.

CCAC’s search for new president may end next week
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Monday, November 25, 2013
The search for a new president to head the Community College of Allegheny County is in the spotlight.

LARGEST AREA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Author Unknown
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Once again, CCAC ranks among the top five largest institutions of higher learning in the region.

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October 2013

A newsmaker you should know: Paramedics play significant role for CCAC executive
By Dave Zuchowski
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Wednesday, October 3, 2013
In this profile, CCAC dean Richard L. Allison shares his journey of how a family tragedy inspired a career in education.

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September 2013

CCAC FireVEST Graduations Honored by Allegheny County Council
By Larissa Dudkiewicz
ROBINSON-MOON PATCH
Friday, September 27, 2013
Allegheny County Council honors CCAC graduates of the FireVEST scholarship program.

CCAC West Takes Mechatronics Program to Next Level
By Doug Hughey
ALLEGHENY WEST MAGAZINE (ALLEGHENYWESTMAGAZINE.COM)
September 2013
CCAC’s mechatronics program trains students for the manufacturing jobs of the future.

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August 2013

CCAC to infuse $2M into Boyce Campus labs
By Tory N. Parrish
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEIGHBORHOODS)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
CCAC upgrades its Boyce Campus facilities.

Career center establishes welding certificate course
By Chris Buckley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
CCAC offers its popular welding certificate program at the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Washington County.

Mon Valley bus route resurrected
By Jon Schmitz
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
CCAC students will now see bus service restored to one critical South Hills route.

More vets expected in classrooms under GI Bill
By Jessica Contrera
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Friday, August 9, 2013
CCAC’s support of veterans is one of the many reasons veterans choose to attend CCAC.

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July 2013

Can Community Colleges Save the Economy?
By John Lavanga
90.5 WESA FM
Tuesday, June 30 2013
CCAC Interim President Michael T. Murphy, EdD, talks about the important role community colleges are playing in the reinvention of the American workforce.

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June 2013

Pittsburgh Apprentices Rescue Seniors from Major Blaze
Author Unknown
IBEW.ORG
Friday, June 28, 2013
CCAC students hailed as heroes after helping to evacuate residents from a burning building.

Refugees in Pittsburgh celebrate their heritage
By Jacob Axelrad
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Sunday, June 23, 2013
CCAC celebrates the region’s growing diversity as it plays host to World Refugee Day in Pittsburgh.

CCAC names new interim president
By Justine Coyne
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Friday, June 21, 2013
The CCAC Board of Trustees selects Dr. Michael T. Murphy to serve as the college’s interim president.

CCAC North athletic director Bell makes most of opportunities
By Jerry Clark
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/SPORTS)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The power of a positive attitude underscores this profile of CCAC athletic director Chuck Bell.

CCAC moves forward on plan for new campus in north suburbs
By Bill Schackner
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Friday, June 7, 2013
The CCAC Board of Trustees approves the second phase of a feasibility study investigating plans for a new CCAC–North Campus; approves actions related to finding a successor to outgoing CCAC President Alex Johnson; and passes a resolution honoring retiring administrator Charles T Blocksidge, PhD.

Community colleges address job market for regional workforce
By Karen Kane
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Wednesday, June 6, 2013
CCAC and three other regional community colleges partner to offer students access to specialized training programs at a discounted tuition rate.

CCAC golfers reflect on time at local school
By Jerry Clark
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/SPORTS)
Tuesday, June 5, 2013
CCAC–North Campus golfers put on strong show at Region XX Golf Championships.

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May 2013

Dr. Alex Johnson to Become Fourth President of Cuyahoga Community College
By A. Hake
WOIO-TV (Cleveland, OH)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
CCAC President Alex Johnson named new president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH.

YWCA rally against racism
By Christian Morrow
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Friday, May 3, 2013
CCAC–Allegheny Campus hosts YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Stand Against Racism event.

CCAC tuition will rise 4.5% in 2013-14
By Bill Schackner
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Friday, May 3, 2013
The CCAC Board of Trustees approves the 2013–14 operating budget which includes a tuition increase of 4.5 percent, or $4.25 per credit.

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April 2013 

Governor to speak at CCAC banquet
Author Unknown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
With Governor Tom Corbett making a special guest appearance, the CCAC Educational Foundation honors Michael S. Adamcyk (CCAC Class of 1976); Randall S. Dearth; Frances Kralosky Dice (CCAC Class of 1968); and Laura E. Ellsworth at its 2013 Legends in Leadership gala event chaired by Deborah L. Rice-Johnson.

Weary of level funding, community colleges ask for more
By Mary Wilson
WITF.ORG
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
CCAC and community college students, faculty, administrators and trustees from across the state pack the state capitol rotunda to ask the state to increase funding for its 14 community colleges.

Health care scholarships target region’s pressing needs
By Alex Johnson & Amelia A. Pare
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Thursday, April 4, 2013
CCAC’s and Allegheny County Medical Society’s two decade-long partnership works to assist individuals pursuing careers in the health care professions.

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March 2013

Irvis Science Center opens at CCAC
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
CCAC’s newest educational facility, the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center, officially opens its doors amid great fanfare.

Community Colleges, Lawmakers to Address Community College Funding Model and Affordability, Form Bi-Partisan Caucus
Source: PR Newswire
PHILLY.COM
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Pennsylvania’s community colleges and state lawmakers join forces to create a task force to examine and make recommendations regarding the viability and sustainability of the current community college funding model, accessibility of community college services across the commonwealth and the long-term affordability and accessibility of a community college education.

A newsmaker you should know: CCAC educator seeks to change lives with her zest for higher learning
By Shannon M. Nass
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Pittsburgh City Council honors CCAC Campus President Donna Imhoff, PhD, declaring February 12, 2013 “Donna Imhoff Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.

PA’s community colleges asking for state to be bold in budget funding
By Mark Shade
TIMESONLINE.COM
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
As president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, CCAC President Alex Johnson speaks out to advocate for increased funding for community colleges across the commonwealth.

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February 2013

Big chance to promote literacy
By Rachel Weaver
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Monday, February 25, 2013
CCAC’s The Big Read kicks off month-long series of free events to promote literacy, reading and community engagement.

District Notebook: Halloran nabs win No. 100 at CCAC-Allegheny
By Paul Zeise
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Friday, February 15, 2013
With his 100th win, CCAC men’s basketball coach Frank Halloran joins the ranks of other high-achieving coaches at the college.

25 Community Colleges Cited For Innovation, Progressive Practices
Source: AACC Press Release
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
CCAC is one of 25 community colleges from across the nation named as a finalist in a new national program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.

Narrow the skills gap: Community colleges are critical in training the work force we need
By Nicholas C. Neupauer, president, Butler County Community College; Alex Johnson, president, Community College of Allegheny County; Joe D. Forrester, president, Community College of Beaver County; & Daniel J. Obara, president, Westmoreland County Community College
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Monday, February 4, 2013
CCAC President Alex Johnson joins the region’s three other community college presidents calling upon the state to restore critical funding for community colleges.

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January 2013

Audit report: Wagner calls CCAC “responsible steward”
By Rick Wills
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
In an audit released by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, CCAC receives high marks for being conscientious in its use of public funds the college receives.

CCAC outlines qualities for emeritus honors
By Tony LaRussa
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Friday, January 11, 2013
CCAC’s Board of Trustees approves a resolution conferring emeritus honors to past college trustees and presidents who have achieved a record of distinction.  

Project aims to tie together student support services
Author Unknown
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Monday, January 7, 2013
CCAC named to a prestigious national project that seeks to coordinate student support services in order to help students succeed in college.

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December 2012

Donna Imhoff named president of CCAC Allegheny Campus
Author Unknown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEWS)
Friday, December 14, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson appoints CCAC–North Campus President Donna L. Imhoff as the college’s new president of CCAC–Allegheny Campus.

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November 2012 

CCAC court reporting grads see high employment rates before graduation
Author Unknown
WPXI.COM
Friday, November 30, 2012
CCAC’s Court Reporting program enjoys 100% placement rates with many students landing jobs well before graduation.

Can Community Colleges Put Americans Back to Work?
By Victor Luckerson
TIME MAGAZINE (BUSINESS & MONEY SECTION)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
CCAC Mechatronics program is in the national spotlight in this article focusing on worker retraining programs.

Governor’s commissions recommends high education changes
By Mary Niederberger
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Governor’s Commission on Postsecondary Education, which included CCAC President Alex Johnson as one of its members, releases its recommendations, including measures to make higher education more accessible, affordable and relevant to the job market.

CCAC board of trustees elects new officers
By Eleanor Chute
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Thursday, November 1, 2012
CCAC Board of Trustees elects new officers for 2013, including naming a new board chair.

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October 2012

CCAC brings home eighth state crown
By Jerry Clark
PINE CREEK JOURNAL (TRIBUNE-REVIEW)
Thursday, October 25, 2012
For the eighth time in school history, the CCAC men’s golf team wins state championship.

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September 2012

Western Pennsylvania community colleges trying to ‘live within means’
By Bill Vidonic
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/STATE)
Saturday, September 29, 2012
CCAC is among many community colleges across the region facing challenges brought on by the economic downturn and reduced state funding.

Fitzgerald Announces Kane Regional Centers & CCAC To Issue Voter Photo IDs
By Debbie Vargus
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER ONLINE
Thursday, September 20, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson joins Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in announcing CCAC will begin issuing photo identification for the purpose of voting.

Marcellus Initiative draws crowd
By Patrick Cloonan
PITTSBURGH-TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE/NEIGHBORHOODS)
Friday, September 14, 2012
CCAC educators discuss the emerging field of mechatronics and other CCAC educational programs at a forum showcasing training options for careers in the region’s fast-growing energy industry.

Education Department Awards $5.4 Million in Grants to 14 Institutions to Help Strengthen Postsecondary Institutions
Author Unknown
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED.GOV)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
CCAC is one of just 14 colleges and universities across the nation selected to receive a total of $5.4 million from the US Department of Education as part of the Title III, Part A: Strengthening Institutions grant designed to enhance academic quality, instructional management and fiscal stability in order to help students complete their educations.

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August 2012

CCAC president promotes a culture that respects and values diversity
By Rob Wennemer
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Thursday, August 9, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson promotes a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion.

21st-Century strategy plan should be ready in 2014
By Matthew Dembicki
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
At the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) summer retreat, CCAC President Alex Johnson and other community college presidents work toward the implementation of recommendations of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community College in order to help an additional five million students attain credentials by 2020.

People & Awards: Companies
By Melissa Pravlik
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Thursday, August 2, 2012
CCAC receives a 2012 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award recognizes institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs.

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July 2012

For-profit schools labeled ‘abject failure’
By Tracie Mauriello
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST GAZETTE.COM)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Coverage of a federal report regarding the costs, tactics and graduation rates of for-profit schools shows that students can save thousands of dollars by choosing CCAC over for-profit competitors.

HONORS AND AWARDS
Author Unknown
COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CCAC associate dean has been selected as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence.

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June 2012

CCAC tuition will hold steady for upcoming school year
By Eleanor Chute
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The CCAC Board of Trustees votes to hold tuition steady for the upcoming school year.

Heinz Endowments grant $1 million to CCAC for math education
By Eleanor Chute
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
CCAC announces $1 million grant given by The Heinz Endowments to support the enhancement of math education at the college.

CCAC hires architects to design plans for project
Author Unknown
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Sunday, June 10, 2012
CCAC approves allocation of $1.8 million to hire architects Perkins Eastman to develop a specific plan on how to use vacated space on CCAC–Allegheny Campus once the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center opens in early 2013.

People & Awards: Companies
By Melissa Pravlik
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Coverage of CCAC’s fourth annual Vanguard Diversity Awards. The awards are given annually to individuals, nonprofit organizations or businesses that have demonstrated exemplary leadership, vision or service in promoting diversity and inclusion in Allegheny County and the greater Pittsburgh area.

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May 2012

Moody's assigns A1 rating to the Community College of Allegheny County's (PA) $40 million of College Revenue Bonds, Series 2012; outlook is stable
Compiled by Moody’s Global Credit Research
MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Moody’s Investor Services gives CCAC a positive A1 rating on the college’s $40 million in revenue bonds.

CCAC school chief is ‘engine’ of innovation
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE.COM)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
CCAC–North Campus and West Hills Center President Donna Imhoff, PhD, is profiled in this piece which includes news of her 2012 Tribute to Women Leadership Award in Education from the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Community Colleges Applaud Senate Republican Budget
PR Newswire (News Source)
TIMESLEADERS.COM
Thursday, May 9, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson responds to the Senate-approved $27.7 million budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 restoring crucial operating funds to Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges.

Sojourner Truth Award Received by Local Professor
By Emily Farah
ESSENTIAL PUBLIC RADIO (90.5 FM)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
CCAC professor receives the 2012 Sojourner Truth Award, the highest award presented from the Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.

Pa. colleges first to adopt VFA statewide
Author Unknown
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Thursday, May 3, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson comments on the news that Pennsylvania’s 14 public community colleges will adopt the Voluntary Framework of Accountability as their accountability metrics, thus becoming the first statewide system to publicly endorse the framework launched last year by the American Association of Community Colleges.

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April 2012

Mayor Honors “Community Champion” and “Employee Champion”
By Emily Farah
ESSENTIAL PUBLIC RADIO (90.5 FM)
Monday, April 30, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson receives the Living Legend Champion of Inclusion Award at the Living Legend Honors Luncheon. The honor is part of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s DiverseCity 365 initiative, recognizing champions of equality, inclusion and diversity.

CCAC Educational Foundation’s Legends in Leadership
By Marylynn Uricchio
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson and the CCAC Educational Foundation host the 2012 Legends in Leadership fundraising gala at Heinz Field.

CCAC Holds Choral Festival to Honor African American Composers
By Chad Houck
ESSENTIAL PUBLIC RADIO (90.5 FM)
Friday, April 20, 2012
CCAC hosts The Moses George Hogan/Glenn Edward Burleigh Choral Festival, the first event of its kind in North America.

U.S. Secretary Of Labor Talks In Pittsburgh
By Jared Adkins
ESSENTIAL PUBLIC RADIO (90.5 FM)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis addresses CCAC community at “Industry, Trades & Skills,” part of the Robert M. Mill Lecture Series, Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future: A Labor-Management Discussion.

A newsmaker you should know: She remembers her roots as ‘pioneer student’ while working to help CCAC enrollees
By Kathleen Ganster
POST-GAZETTE.COM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Allegheny County Council honors CCAC dean with proclamation commending her for service to the county through her work at the college.

CCAC, Monroeville Chamber Host Job Fair
By Heidi Dezayas
PLUM-OAKMONT PATCH
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
CCAC-Boyce Campus hosts the annual College Expo and Job Fair on April 13.

Colleges grow their own future leaders
By Bob Violino
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Saturday, April 7, 2012
CCAC is among the leading community colleges nationally offering institutes to train prospective college leaders from within.

Munhall student determined to see passion through despite impact of cystic fibrosis
By Alyssa Karas
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A CCAC-South Campus Theatre student seeks to perform in the upcoming production of "Rent" even as he deals with a difficult disease.

In Pa., college supporters stress budget cuts will hamper economy
Author Unknown
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson and hundreds of students from all 14 Pennsylvania community colleges speak out against proposed state cuts to these important institutions.

Pennsylvania Community College Students Recognized by National Honor Society for Academic, Civil Achievements
Author Unknown
PR NEWSWIRE
Monday, April 2, 2012
Eight CCAC students named to 2012 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

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March 2012

Uptown-based CareerImp expands internship services
By Deborah M. Todd
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, March 30, 2012
CCAC partners with other organizations to offer internships and career guidance to college freshmen.

T extension to debut amid questions about its acceptance
By Tom Fontaine
TRIBLIVE.COM (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
During the North Shore Connector kickoff event, CCAC President Alex Johnson extols the beneficial impact the T extension will have on the college community

Auditor General Wagner Encourages Vets to Pursue an Education
By Larkin Page-Jacobs
ESSENTIAL PUBLIC RADIO (90.5FM)
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner addresses CCAC's Veteran's Club

CCAC South professor unveils plans for first Shakespeare festival
By Bonnijean Cooney Adams
TRIBLIVE.COM (MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
CCAC-South Campus Theatre announces creation of summer Shakespeare Creative Competition Festival

CCAC brings ‘The Big Read’ literacy program to Pittsburgh
By M. Abdul-Qawiyy
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Big Read in Pittsburgh kickoff attracts a diverse crowd at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture

CCAC helps job seekers to network
By Jill Cueni-Cohen
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (POST-GAZETTE.COM)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
CCAC’s Job Placement & Career Services job fairs help employers, job seekers connect

State universities facing another round of PHEAA grant cuts
By Lou Corsaro
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Thursday, March 15, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson comments on Gov. Corbett’s proposed state budget cuts to Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) grants and Pennsylvania Institutional Assistance Grants (IAG)

CCAC hosts alternative energy sessions
Author Unknown
THE DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
CCAC’s Renewable/Alternative Energy Technologies Program offers free career training thanks to a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation

CCAC fund aims to spur faculty innovations
Author Unknown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE.COM)
Friday, March 9, 2012
CCAC Board of Directors announces creation of The John Dziak Faculty Development and Engagement Fund  

CCAC to promote a month of reading at Wilson center
By Rick Wills
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW (TRIBLIVE.COM)
Sunday, March 4, 2012
CCAC kick-offs a month-long series of outreach events designed to promote literacy, reading and community engagement with a free community event, The Big Read in Pittsburgh, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture

Community Colleges Make Their Case for Increased State Funding
PR Newswire
PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Alex Johnson and other community college presidents testify before the House Appropriations Committee about the impact of proposed budget cuts 

Countylines: News from Allegheny County Council
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, March 1, 2012
CCAC administrator honored with a proclamation by Allegheny County Council; The Big Read in Pittsburgh kicks off Sunday, March 4, 2012

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February 2012

Career schools, colleges see 'steady growth' in enrollment
By Richard Robbins
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, February 26, 2012
CCAC among schools experiencing higher enrollment during challenging economic times

Trips on North Shore T section will be free
By Jon Schmitz
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Three-year free fare zone will include CCAC-Allegheny Campus on the North Shore

Harbingers of success: New law eases student access to graduation, credentialing rates
By Anya Sostek
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
CCAC provides more in-depth information on student pass and credentialing rates than required by law; enables students to glean valuable information when deciding on college.

CCAC North ice hockey team gives the shirts off their backs for charity once again
By Jerry Clark
YOURNORTHHILLS.COM
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Crisis Center North benefits from a charity match between CCAC's ice hockey team and the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team.

$8 billion job-training proposal encourages community colleges
By Taryn Luna
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson praises President Obama’s job-training proposal designed to train two million American workers as a job creator.

Community College of Allegheny County President, Alex Johnson, donates $20,000 bonus check to charity
Reported by KQV-AM-CBS RADIO
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8:00AM EST
CCAC President Alex Johnson donates a contractual bonus to CCAC, The Hill House Association and the August Wilson Center.

CCAC president says he'll donate bonus
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, February 13, 2012
President Alex Johnson identifies an economic environment that has affected the entire CCAC community as his reason for the donations.

CCAC launching effort to raise $10 million
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, February 10, 2012
CCAC announces the public phase of its Imagine & Achieve Campaign with news that the initial $30 million goal has been reached and a $10 million stretch goal has now been added.

Port Authority Accepting Public Comment Regarding Proposed Cuts
By Heidi Dezayas
PLUM-OAKMONT PATCH
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
CCAC stands to lose bus service to CCAC–Boyce Campus if the Port Authority’s proposed service reduction goes into effect.

Panel will look at PA's higher education
By Paul J. Gough
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
CCAC President Alex Johnson has been named to Governor Corbett’s Higher Education Advisory Panel.

Colleges prepped for painful budget news
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, February 5, 2012
CCAC was among Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges awaiting news of Governor Corbett's budget.

Job fairs planned for CCAC campuses across Allegheny County
By Eleanor Chute
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, February 3, 2012
CCAC will host many job-related events throughout the spring term.

CCAC North to face off against Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team
By Alex Audia
NORTH JOURNAL
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The CCAC-North Campus Ice Hockey Team hosts its fourth annual benefit match, this year to support Crisis Center North.

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January 2012

Sunday Business Page
By Jon Delano
KDKA-TV
Sunday, January 29
Jon Delano interviews CCAC President Alex Johnson about what President Obama's community college focus could mean for CCAC. (Note: At the link, select "Sunday Business Page" from the left-hand list to find the video.)

CCAC shows off job training program
By Ann Belser
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, January 26
The US deputy secretary of Labor visits CCAC-West Hills Center to learn about how the college is preparing residents for skilled careers in manufacturing, automotive technology, the trades and other fields.

Retraining one answer to job loss situation
By Ann Belser
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Sunday, January 22
CCAC offers several programs to benefit laid-off residents, including the Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers and the Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative.

CCAC offering renewable energy lab
By Anya Litvak
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Friday, January 20
CCAC will soon create a new lab supporting a program to train students in solar, wind and biofuel technologies--tuition-free. (Subscription required to view full article.)

Local educators look to prep students for Marcellus shale jobs
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, January 18
CCAC is among local educational institutions offering training for jobs in the expanding energy industry in the region.

CCAC touts economic value
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, January 12
CCAC multiplies Allegheny County's local investment with an impact of more than $155 million on the local economy, and that's not even counting students' increased earning potential.

Highmark unveils plans for Forbes Regional
By Patrick Cloonan
MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Thursday, January 5
Hospital renovations and options in health care only strengthen opportunities for CCAC's Nursing and Allied Health students.

Credentials give prospective firefighters an edge in finding jobs
By Stacy Hudson
COMMUNITY COLLEGE TIMES
Wednesday, January 4
CCAC's FireVEST program is one of the leading programs nationwide providing educational incentives to volunteer firefighters.

Martoni voted county council president
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, January 4
The president of CCAC-Boyce Campus is elected to lead Allegheny County Council.

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December 2011

Jamaica service trip caps CCAC program
By Sandra Fischione Donovan
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, December 27
CCAC students assist a Jamaican village and broaden their horizons through a unique service-learning course.

Obituary: Scott L. Denier / Locally renowned theater producer
By Jonathan D. Silver
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, December 23
A longtime CCAC adjunct instructor is remembered for his contributions to Pittsburgh theater.

Plan for former hospital site detailed
By Sam Spatter
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, December 22
CCAC is in talks about having classroom space in the redevelopment of the former Braddock Hospital.

Retiring CCAC professor leaves 'labor of love'
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 19
One of CCAC-South Campus' founding faculty members retires after 44 years of service to thousands of students.

Post-Gazette.com tops Google searches for Western Pa.
By Deborah M. Todd
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, December 16
CCAC is the only educational institution in the top 10 national Google searches associated with Western Pennsylvania.

A newsmaker you should know: CCAC employee still going strong after turning 90
By Kathleen Ganster
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, December 8
In her 90th year of life, Ginny Fallon continues her vital role in the CCAC family.

Allegheny County Council OKs 1-mill tax hike
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, December 7
The budget approved by County Council avoids cuts to funding for CCAC and human services through a property tax increase.

Tracking Quality at 2-Year Colleges
By Paul Fain
INSIDE HIGHER ED
Thursday, December 1
CCAC and President Alex Johnson are at the forefront of establishing appropriate accountability standards for community colleges nationwide.

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November 2011

County council heads toward tax hike
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 30
A budget proposal approved by Allegheny County Council's Budget and Finance Committee would increase funding to CCAC while raising property taxes by 1 mill.

Enhancing Opportunity
By Stefani Pashman
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 27
In an op-ed piece, the CEO of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board hails a partnership with CCAC to prepare local workers for positions in the energy industry.

Native American program returns to CCAC North
By Melanie Donahoo
NORTH JOURNAL
Friday, November 25
CCAC-North Campus again welcomes the Piscataway Indian Nation dancers for Native American Heritage Month.

County council GOP suggests borrowing to prevent a tax hike
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 23
An alternative budget proposal by Republican members of Allegheny County Council would not restore CCAC funding cuts proposed by the county executive.

CCAC gets grant to train rig workers
By Christian Morrow
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Wednesday, November 16
Participation in a national ShaleNET grant will enable CCAC to offer a second Roustabout Training program.

Allegheny County tax hike pondered
By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, November 14
A budget proposal by Democratic members of Allegheny County Council would raise property taxes to increase funding to CCAC and human services agencies.

Pennsylvania looks for solutions for 'disconnected youth'
By Drew Singer
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Sunday, November 13
CCAC offers programming to address the problem of teens who are neither in school nor employed.

Students say tuition hike could put CCAC out of reach
By Tony LaRussa
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, November 11
CCAC students speak out against proposed county funding cuts that would cause an increase in tuition.

Allegheny County council urged to restore CCAC funds
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, November 11
President Alex Johnson and members of the CCAC faculty, staff, student body and alumni make a case to County Council that funding for the college should be preserved.

North Shore Connector nears completion
By Veronica Kropf
POINT PARK GLOBE
Monday, November 7
The spring completion of the light-rail line to the North Shore will provide another convenient transportation option to CCAC-Allegheny Campus.

CCAC eyes sites for new, larger North Hills campus
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, November 4
CCAC trustees approve a feasibility study to investigate options to address growth at CCAC-North Campus in McCandless.

Careers in gas industry get boost
By Molly Born
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, November 3
CCAC and other community colleges in Pennsylvania receive a federal grant to expand workforce training in the state.

CCAC's Baldwin wins race
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, November 3
A CCAC-North Campus student is among CCAC runners who will travel to national competition November 5.

Stop the violence in Pittsburgh
By Richard Freeman
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 2
CCAC's program to offer prep courses for the Police Academy Exam is among initiatives described as positive moves in addressing safety in Pittsburgh.

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November 2011

County council heads toward tax hike
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 30
A budget proposal approved by Allegheny County Council's Budget and Finance Committee would increase funding to CCAC while raising property taxes by 1 mill.

Enhancing Opportunity
By Stefani Pashman
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, November 27
In an op-ed piece, the CEO of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board hails a partnership with CCAC to prepare local workers for positions in the energy industry.

Native American program returns to CCAC North
By Melanie Donahoo
NORTH JOURNAL
Friday, November 25
CCAC-North Campus again welcomes the Piscataway Indian Nation dancers for Native American Heritage Month.

County council GOP suggests borrowing to prevent a tax hike
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 23
An alternative budget proposal by Republican members of Allegheny County Council would not restore CCAC funding cuts proposed by the county executive.

CCAC gets grant to train rig workers
By Christian Morrow
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Wednesday, November 16
Participation in a national ShaleNET grant will enable CCAC to offer a second Roustabout Training program.

Allegheny County tax hike pondered
By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, November 14
A budget proposal by Democratic members of Allegheny County Council would raise property taxes to increase funding to CCAC and human services agencies.

Pennsylvania looks for solutions for 'disconnected youth'
By Drew Singer
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Sunday, November 13
CCAC offers programming to address the problem of teens who are neither in school nor employed.

Students say tuition hike could put CCAC out of reach
By Tony LaRussa
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, November 11
CCAC students speak out against proposed county funding cuts that would cause an increase in tuition.

Allegheny County council urged to restore CCAC funds
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, November 11
President Alex Johnson and members of the CCAC faculty, staff, student body and alumni make a case to County Council that funding for the college should be preserved.

North Shore Connector nears completion
By Veronica Kropf
POINT PARK GLOBE
Monday, November 7
The spring completion of the light-rail line to the North Shore will provide another convenient transportation option to CCAC-Allegheny Campus.

CCAC eyes sites for new, larger North Hills campus
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, November 4
CCAC trustees approve a feasibility study to investigate options to address growth at CCAC-North Campus in McCandless.

Careers in gas industry get boost
By Molly Born
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, November 3
CCAC and other community colleges in Pennsylvania receive a federal grant to expand workforce training in the state.

CCAC's Baldwin wins race
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, November 3
A CCAC-North Campus student is among CCAC runners who will travel to national competition November 5.

Stop the violence in Pittsburgh
By Richard Freeman
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, November 2
CCAC's program to offer prep courses for the Police Academy Exam is among initiatives described as positive moves in addressing safety in Pittsburgh.

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October 2011

The 2011 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges
COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK
Monday, October 31
CCAC is named as a Leader College for a national student success initiative.

Hearings set on county budget
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, October 31
A hearing before County Council on November 10 will enable CCAC to make the case for restoring college funding in the county's 2012 budget.

CCAC helps police candidates prepare for civil service test
By Sadie Gurman
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, October 31
CCAC partners with the City of Pittsburgh to provide exam preparation courses for applicants to the Police Academy.

PMT opens season with 'Chess' showcase
By Bonnijean Cooney Adams
MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 26
Students from CCAC-South Campus are part of the cast of a major production of Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

Onorato advises spending cuts, no tax hikes
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, October 19
The proposed Allegheny County budget for 2012 includes a $7 million reduction in funding for CCAC.

CCAC decides to close Downtown center
By Tony LaRussa
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 7
For financial reasons, CCAC will move course offerings at CCAC-Downtown Center to CCAC-Allegheny Campus beginning with the Spring 2012 term.

CCAC to Host Programs on Alternative Fuel Vehicles
PATCH.COM
Monday, October 3
CCAC-West Hills Center will feature new developments in automotive technology with the annual Odyssey Day event.

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September 2011

CCAC–Boyce Campus Offers New “Second-Half Term” Option
By Stephanie Rex
PATCH.COM
Thursday, September 29
A new format helps CCAC students to start certain courses in October and finish in December.

3 community colleges get national honors
By Eleanor Chute
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, September 28
CCAC and sister institutions in Beaver and Westmoreland counties are recognized as national Leader Colleges for promoting student success.

Cycle complete: New Red Cross director finds you can go home again
By Kayleen Cubbal
NEW CASTLE NEWS
Tuesday, September 27
A CCAC alumnus returns to Pennsylvania to head up the West Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross.

Nursing school grads are facing a tougher time
By Rachel Weaver
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 26
In spite of a more challenging job market in much of the country, CCAC continues to prepare well-trained nurses for careers and further education.

County Executive candidates spar in debate
By Christian Morrow
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Friday, September 23
Both candidates for Allegheny County Executive see CCAC as a solution for training residents for jobs in the growing energy industry in Western Pennsylvania.

Swissvale resident eliminated in 'Hell's Kitchen' season finale on Fox
By Kyle Lawson
MONROEVILLE TIMES-EXPRESS
Thursday, September 22
The CCAC student competing on the Fox reality show for aspiring chefs makes it to the final round.

CCAC offers course for home health-care nurses
By Sylvia Cavallo
WASHINGTON OBSERVER-REPORTER
Friday, September 9
A CCAC course aims to help train individuals to meet a growing need in health care.

CCAC board OKs big tuition increase
By Bill Schackner
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, September 2
Facing funding cuts from the state and county, CCAC is forced to raise tuition and undertake cost-saving measures.

CCAC to Host Job Fairs Next Month
PATCH.COM
Friday, September 2
All CCAC campuses will feature job fairs in October.

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August 2011

Tuition costs are rising. How are so many still putting their children through school?
By Reid Frazier
PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY
Fall 2011
CCAC remains an affordable option for beginning a college education or preparing to enter the workforce.

21 years later, New Works Festival still going strong
By Doug Shanaberger
WASHINGTON OBSERVER-REPORTER
Wednesday, August 24
CCAC continues its participation in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.

Diversity Professionals Gather for The Pennsylvania Diversity & Leadership Conference
BUSINESS WIRE
Thursday, August 18
The president of CCAC-South Campus is named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania.

CCAC registration
MCMURRAY ALMANAC
Wednesday, August 17
CCAC–South Campus -- and all CCAC campuses -- will register for fall classes through August 20 for 15-week courses and September 3 for 13-week courses.

CCAC, UPMC Partner To Offer Free Nurse Aide Training
NURSES.COM
Tuesday, August 16
Information sessions will discuss a month-long course at CCAC this fall that could lead to career opportunities at UPMC.

Bocce fanatics take aim at Heinz History Center
By Bob Karlovits
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, August 15
A CCAC history professor's research is connected with establishing a traditional Italian game tournament to raise funds for the history center.

Amid Turbulence, Investors and Others Seek Security
By Julie Martin
PATCH.COM
Friday, August 12
A CCAC business professor gives his analysis of the ongoing economic turmoil.

Suvorova wins honors scholarship
MCMURRAY ALMANAC
Wednesday, August 10
A CCAC student wins a full-tuition Leadership in Honors scholarship.

CCAC webcam to display progress on construction
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, August 10
Construction of the K. Leory Irvis Science Center can now be viewed online.

Loss of state funding won't end dual enrollment program
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
MURRYSVILLE STAR
Thursday, August 4
Franklin Regional School District will still support a program allowing high school students to attend CCAC and other colleges.

Another way to pay for college
By Michael Bowman
THE QUARTER ROLL
August 2011
CCAC is a wise financial choice, and it can be an even better choice for student athletes, too.

Investing in the Personal Side of Resource Development
By Alex Johnson
CRD DISPATCH
Fall 2011
CCAC President Alex Johnson shares how focusing on people has benefited the college's fundraising efforts. (The article is on Page 23 of the magazine or pages 24-25 of the electronic file at the link.)

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July 2011

CCAC Boyce student takes the heat in 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox
By Kyle Lawson and William Loeffler
MONROEVILLE TIMES EXPRESS
Thursday, July 21
A student in CCAC's Foodservice, Lodging & Recreation Management program competes in the ninth season of a popular reality TV show.

Funding cut forces CCAC hiring freeze
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, July 14
CCAC takes initial steps to address a $2.5 million reduction in funding from Allegheny County due to state budget cuts.

SCI Greene superintendent earns lofty accolade
By Tara Kinsell
WASHINGTON OBSERVER-REPORTER
Thursday, July 14
A CCAC alumnus is named North American warden of the year.

Comedian Jim Krenn and wife Hedy's lives have gone to the cats and dogs
By Kevin Kirkland
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, July 13
The popular stand-up comic and host on WDVE Radio says his comedy career dreams were boosted by winning a talent show while he was a student at CCAC.

Training program gives students boost toward 'green' careers
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, July 11
Students in a sustainability program by Heritage Community Initiatives can earn college credit from CCAC.

CCAC Gets Grant for "The Big Read"
PATCH.COM
Sunday, July 10
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts will support a second year of CCAC's One College...One Community initiative.

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July 2011

CCAC Boyce student takes the heat in 'Hell's Kitchen' on Fox
By Kyle Lawson and William Loeffler
MONROEVILLE TIMES EXPRESS
Thursday, July 21
A student in CCAC's Foodservice, Lodging & Recreation Management program competes in the ninth season of a popular reality TV show.

Funding cut forces CCAC hiring freeze
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, July 14
CCAC takes initial steps to address a $2.5 million reduction in funding from Allegheny County due to state budget cuts.

SCI Greene superintendent earns lofty accolade
By Tara Kinsell
WASHINGTON OBSERVER-REPORTER
Thursday, July 14
A CCAC alumnus is named North American warden of the year.

Comedian Jim Krenn and wife Hedy's lives have gone to the cats and dogs
By Kevin Kirkland
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, July 13
The popular stand-up comic and host on WDVE Radio says his comedy career dreams were boosted by winning a talent show while he was a student at CCAC.

Training program gives students boost toward 'green' careers
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, July 11
Students in a sustainability program by Heritage Community Initiatives can earn college credit from CCAC.

CCAC Gets Grant for "The Big Read"
PATCH.COM
Sunday, July 10
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts will support a second year of CCAC's One College...One Community initiative.

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June 2011

New National Commission to Help Reshape the Future of Community Colleges
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Thursday, June 30
CCAC President Alex Johnson is named to an influential group that has been charged with examining and reshaping the evolving community college mission.

Shale drilling forum produces heat, light
By Dan Majors
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, June 29
CCAC-North Campus hosts a panel discussion moderated by US Rep. Jason Altmire to explore the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

Obituary: Patricia Dolan / Professor loved Irish authors
By Sam Butterfield
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, June 23
Patricia Dolan, one of CCAC's founding faculty members, was internationally recognized for her knowledge of Irish literature and her passion for discussing her favorite topic.

Institutions to double black students for mentoring
By Joe Smydo
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Saturday, June 18
CCAC will partner in an initiative to expand mentoring opportunities for African American middle and high school students.

CCAC working to be ‘preferred pipeline’ for skilled workers
By Malia Spencer
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Friday, June 17
Many manufacturing jobs now require more education than just a high-school diploma, and CCAC has developed programs to help fill the skills gap. (Subscription required to access full article)

Countylines: News from Allegheny County council
By Len Barcousky
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, June 16
CCAC alumna Sharon Young is honored by Allegheny County Council for her achievements in business management.

CCAC leads community colleges in nursing graduates
By Ryan Brown
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, June 15
No other two-year institution in America graduates more registered nurses than CCAC, and the college is second nationally for graduates in the health professions.

Where the Jobs Were: Students Flock to Health Care Programs Despite Downturn
By Paul Bradley
COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK
Wednesday, June 15
CCAC ranks among the top institutions in the nation awarding associate's degrees in nursing and other health careers, in large part because the health care job market remains very strong in Pittsburgh.

Pa. lawmakers above average in education
By Laura Olsen
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, June 13
At least six legislators in Pennsylvania's House and Senate are CCAC alumni.

College credits in peril for high schoolers
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, June 6
Many high school students attend CCAC through dual and concurrent enrollment programs through the state, programs that could be cut in Pennsylvania's new budget.

West Notables: Rumi Sato
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, June 2
A CCAC sophomore receives a national scholarship to complete her professional internship with the college's Institutional Advancement and External Relations department.

Penguins team to educate about dangers of concussions
By Craig Meyer
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, June 2
CCAC partners with UPMC and the Pittsburgh Penguins to screen youth hockey players for concussions.

Poor economy only one of veterans' problems, Casey says
By Mike Wereschagin
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, June 1
Veterans face significant employment challenges, but CCAC is one of several groups helping them to enter growing fields.

Second Acts: From sales and marketing manager to nurse
By Jennifer Papale Rignani
PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE
June 2011
CCAC enabled a laid-off woman to enter a new career in health care.

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May 2011

Campuses struggle to design programs for autistic students
By Jodi Weigand
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, May 31
CCAC and other colleges provide supportive services for students on the autistic spectrum, but the need remains great.

Pittsburgh supplied weaponry to North in Civil War
By Frank Reeves
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Monday, May 30
A CCAC instructor has written a comprehensive look at the surprisingly significant role of Pittsburgh during the Civil War.

CCAC nears agreement with city
By Linda Metz
WASHINGTON OBSERVER-REPORTER
Friday, May 27
An expansion of CCAC's Washington County Center at a facility in downtown Washington is under discussion with county and city leaders.

A neighbor you should know: Ross man at CCAC earns college award
By Kathleen Ganster
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Thursday, May 26
A recent CCAC alumnus is one of 135 scholars nationwide to be named a Newman Civic Fellow for his volunteerism and work with CCAC Student Government.

CCAC Copes With Proposed Cuts
By Shawn Klocek
PATCH.COM
Tuesday, May 24
CCAC's 2011-2012 budget reflects the realities of reduced state and federal funding, but seeks to limit the impact on classroom instruction.

Gender bias giving way as more women take off as pilots
By Tom Fontaine
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, May 18
CCAC's involvement in the Pittsburgh Flight Training Center is an effort that reflects a growing number of women entering aviation.

Franco Harris to speak at CCAC commencement
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 12
Former Steeler and successful businessman Franco Harris will address CCAC's graduates.

State senator proposes share of shale tax going to education
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, May 6
Speaking at CCAC-Boyce Campus, Sen. Jim Brewster announces his plan to restore education cuts through a tax on natural gas extraction.

CCAC tuition, fees rise in new budget
By Dan Majors
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, May 6
Facing funding reductions from the state, CCAC's Board of Trustees votes to cut operating expenses and slightly increase tuition.

Collegians studying education will be traveling to Egypt
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 5
CCAC partners on a Fulbright-Hayes program to provide future educators cross-cultural experience.

Robot engages novice computer scientists
PHYSORG.COM
Thursday, May 5
CCAC partners with Carnegie-Mellon University to develop curriculum using a programming robot in the classroom.

City competes to raise number of college grads
By Bill Zlatos
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, May 5
CCAC will play a key role in Pittsburgh's bid to win a $1 million competition by increasing the percentage of residents with advanced degrees.

Community College of Allegheny County hosts Legends in Leadership Gala
By Patricia Sheridan
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Tuesday, May 3
The college's annual event honoring leadership in the community raises $130,000 for the CCAC Educational Foundation.

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April 2011

Fox: Diversity initiatives miss the point
By Rebecca Nuttall
NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER
Friday, April 29
A CCAC administrator is nominated for a Pittsburgh DiverseCity365 award, and the college is also involved in the event's panel discussions.

Learning the ropes for roustabout work: A Marcellus Shale profile
By Erich Schwartzel
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Sunday, April 24
Students in CCAC's Roustabout Training program are the focus of an in-depth feature on people affected by the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. The article is the first in a planned series.

CCAC faculty gets innovation award
By Debra Erdley
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, April 23
Faculty members in CCAC's Physical Therapist Assistant program win an award for developing tests that prepare students better for computerized national licensing exams.

Online grocery shopping services bounce back
By Teresa F. Lindeman
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, April 22
Thanks to a business idea developed in a CCAC computer course, an alumna launches a new grocery shopping and delivery company.

CCAC offers the first alternative fuel training center in the state
By Deb Smit
POP CITY
Wednesday, April 20
A new hybrid vehicle course at CCAC is part of a larger partnership to expand the acceptance of alternative fuels in the region.

Beyond First Responders
By Paul Bradley
COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK
Monday, April 18
CCAC is among several colleges nationwide rolling out new Homeland Security programs tailored to meeting the needs of a new reality for first responders.

First Class of Marcellus Shale Program Ready to Enter Field
WDUQ RADIO
Monday, April 18
Completers of CCAC's Roustabout Training Program are prepared for entry-level positions in a growing industry.

CCAC to offer Pa.’s first alternative fuel car training course
By Anya Litvak
PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
Friday, April 15
CCAC leads the way in preparing automotive technicians to work on hybrids and other alternative-fuel vehicles. Note that accessing the full article requires a subscription.

CCAC freezes most hiring, plans to reduce spending
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Friday, April 8
In the face of proposed cuts in higher education funding at the state level, CCAC takes steps to end the 2010-2011 fiscal year on the best possible footing.

Onorato Assembles Committee to Replace County Jail Warden
PATCH.COM
Wednesday, April 6
CCAC President Alex Johnson is named to serve on a committee to select a new warden for Allegheny County.

Penguins Notebook: Team sponsors concussion tests for youth
By Shelly Anderson
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Wednesday, April 6
CCAC will partner with the Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine to offer free concussion baseline testing for young hockey players.

U.S. Steel, union chiefs cite history of cooperation
By Joe Napsha
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, April 5
The first event in the Robert M. Mill lecture series, Pittsburgh Labor & Management Past & Future, draws a crowd for a dialogue on labor and the global economy.

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