The region’s economic competitiveness in a global, knowledge-based economy depends on the education of all its citizens. The Frieda G. Shapira Center for Learning Through Service will improve CCAC’s remedial educational programs, partner with P-12 schools to help assure that all students are prepared for the future, and develop programs and services that assist disenfranchised populations. In addition to serving the wider community, the Frieda G. Shapira Center for Learning Through Service ensures that learning and growth take place within the college organization through rigorous and timely employee professional development programs.
CCAC has proven itself in the area of innovative learning programs.
CCAC Professional Development
The Community College of Allegheny County is committed to the idea that professional development is a philosophical foundation, not a series of programs and events. The college promotes learning and growth for all employees and all employees will be challenged to achieve their goals and realize their potential in a creative, nurturing environment.
Human Service Programs
The CCAC Human Service program is the hub of that education. The program provides job training and teaches life skills to those who can benefit from this support in order to better socialize, care for themselves and contribute to society. CCAC serves more than 2,000 students with various types of disabilities every year – training many of them to become chefs, computer programmers and landscapers.
The CCAC Dual Enrollment or Concurrent Enrollment program offers juniors and seniors a chance to earn college credit while still in high school. This is a great opportunity for you to jump start your college career and experience the college classroom while saving money on tuition.
The student body of CCAC's Community Training and Development/Human Services Division includes: MH/MR care providers, Members of the MH/MR community and their families, senior citizens, the physically disabled, those in alternative lifestyles, nonprofit and social service professionals, volunteers and single mothers.
KEYS is a PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW) program designed to help TANF and SNAP recipients succeed in community college. The KEYS Program at CCAC serves students at all nine CCAC campuses and centers and acts as a liaison for 9 Western Pennsylvania counties.
The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Grant is a federal grant administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career & Technical Education. The Perkins Grant provides funds to CCAC for staff, supplies, equipment and professional development to help Career & Technical Education students succeed.
Civic Engagement & Volunteerism
CCAC’s impact extends throughout the community. In addition to participating in widespread philanthropic efforts such as the United Way campaign, the College also sponsors a number of unique programs aimed at helping specific segments of the community.
Pittsburgh Cares an nonprofit affiliate of the HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute, offers a flexible approach to volunteering by partnering with nonprofit agencies and offering service opportunities to people of all ages.