The Community College of Allegheny County maintains a caring educational gateway to workforce and academic attainment and provides a comprehensive and integrated learning network that unites faculty, staff, students, community, education and business partners.
Provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.
In keeping with the college vision, mission and goals and values CCAC constantly strives to create and maintain meaningful community partnerships.
Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative
The Biotechnology Workforce Collaborative (BWC) is a partnership with Allegheny General Hospital's Allegheny-Singer Research Institute (ASRI), the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) and the North Side Leadership Conference (NSLC). Through a National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant, scholarship are being offered to train students as biotechnology lab technicians.
Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers
The Career Transition Center for Dislocated Workers offers retraining options both to laid-off individuals and to employers who are facing layoffs that will affect at least 50 people. Qualifying Allegheny County residents can earn one of selected certificate programs through the Dislocated Worker Tuition Waiver.
FireVEST Scholarship Program
The FireVEST scholarship program is a partnership between the Allegheny County Executive, the Allegheny County Fire Academy and CCAC to offer full scholarships for an associate’s degree or certificate program at CCAC, as well as training at the Allegheny County Fire Academy. The program is open to up to 200 volunteer firefighters annually.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technological, problem-solving tool designed to answer questions in the sciences, resource management and development planning as well as a host of other areas. Employers see potential employees with GIS knowledge and experience as a valuble added benefit, giving candidates a competitive edge.
Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program
A six-month online certificate program offered in an effort to complete the nationwide goal to digitize and build electronic systems to store and share medical records.
Marcellus Shale—Energy Training
To meet the growing necessity for a trained workforce in multiple positions associated with the Marcellus Shale, CCAC has put together an exciting strategy for training. This strategy recognizes the workforce needs of the entire industry (exploration, drilling and production), which incorporates a wide range of occupations and, therefore, greater training opportunities.
SPUR (Southwestern Pennsylvania Urban Revitalization)
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Urban Revitalization (SPUR) grant initiative is a collaborative project between several local organizations uniting to provide academic training and entrepreneurial assistance to urban and inner-suburban areas.
Young Adult Empowerment Program (YAEP)
The Young Adult Empowerment Program (YAEP) seeks to help undereducated and underemployed individuals ages 17 to 24 in southwestern Pennsylvania. The program aims to increase the number of young adults who will graduate from college and find employment in high-demand, high-priority fields. The program plans to establish an employer "gateway" that will create a pipeline of qualified personnel in these high-priority fields. In addition, it will address the growing need for remediation in higher education.
The YAEP/UPMC Nurse Aide Training Program
This program is designed to instruct nurse aide students in their role providing patient care underthe direct supervision of a registered nurse within the parameters of individualized interdisciplinary care. The training is a joint initiative between UPMC and CCAC.