• Press Releases 2017

    The CCAC Public Relations office, a part of Institutional Advancement, provides up-to-date information and news reports about the college and serves as a liaison between the college and the media.

    To that end, we maintain an archive of recent press releases. You can read press releases from the current year by clicking the links below, or click the links to the left to view press releases from past years. You can also access media coverage of the college by viewing CCAC in the News.

  • December 2017

    A group of 16 CCAC Honors students is preparing to embark on an international study tour in India from January 2-13. During the tour, the students, accompanied by three Honors faculty members, will perform community service, attend lectures at universities, meet with government officials, visit cultural and historical sites such as Mahatma Gandhi's residence and the Taj Mahal, and much more.

    Charles Demore

    CCAC North Campus student Charles DeMore II was nominated for a 2017 Cartooning Award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). He received an Honorable Mention for his comic strip, “Bad Jokes,” which has appeared in The Voice student newspaper since 2015.

    bronze seal

    The Community College of Allegheny County has been awarded a Bronze Seal for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for having a student voting rate between 50 and 59 percent. CCAC achieved a rate of 58.4 percent in the 2016 election.


    Students in the Community College of Allegheny County's Film Technician program will present short films they have created at the CCAC South Campus Theatre on Friday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to view the films and to engage with the students in a critique of their final projects, which are designed to demonstrate their proficiency of the film making process.

    Uber and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced today a new pilot program to expand educational opportunities for Uber driver-partners in the Greater Pittsburgh area. In the upcoming Spring and Summer 2018 semesters, qualifying drivers will each have access to $500 in financial incentives, applicable toward tuition, fees, and textbooks for courses at CCAC.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus will offer a free shuttle service beginning in the spring 2018 semester to CCAC students along the Perry Highway corridor, north of West View. The campus is located in an area not directly served by the Port Authority. The shuttle will provide a connection to Port Authority resources, improving the quality of life and economic development for residents, businesses, nonprofits and others

    November 2017

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    Students, faculty and staff at the Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus got their hands dirty for a good cause last week. Honors Ceramics students led a service learning project in which they invited the campus community to create ceramic bowls for donation to the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has created a new federal work-study opportunity, America Reads, whereby CCAC students earn their work-study award while tutoring elementary students in literacy skills at no cost to the community. The CCAC America Reads pilot program, which began in the fall 2017 semester, identified six CCAC America Reads student tutors from Allegheny Campus to work with 14 third-graders in Pittsburgh King PreK-8's Afterschool Academy.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will offer spring intersession courses at its Allegheny and South campuses from December 19, 2017, to January 12, 2018. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest.

    Rotunda 1

    Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus celebrated the renovation of the Milton Hall rotunda with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The renovation transformed the interior of the academic hub into a state-of-the-art campus information center with intuitive and interactive kiosks that provide information and directions, as well as video walls with eye-catching graphics.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation recently awarded 15 newly endowed scholarships in 2017, bringing the total to 100 endowed scholarships for students studying in a range of programs across the college. The 100th scholarship was provided by Scott and Susan Lammie to establish the Bob Sendall Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded to Culinary Arts students beginning in 2018. Sendall, a world-renowned chef and entrepreneur, is a CCAC alumnus (Class of '78) and an emeritus member of the CCAC Educational Foundation Board.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Respiratory Therapy program students will apply their skills and training at area hospitals this weekend to help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-the third leading cause of death in the U.S.-from advancing among area residents. Approximately 15 students from CCAC's Allegheny Campus will volunteer at six Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals that are recognizing National COPD Day on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


    Achieving the Dream (ATD) on Wednesday announced that Community College of Allegheny County is one of eight community colleges in the ATD Network to have earned Leader College status, the organization's highest designation awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success. It is a designation reserved for an exceptional few colleges.


    Students and community members are invited to find out how they can receive training at the Community College of Allegheny County in two years or less toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers. CCAC's West Hills Center will host a Skilled Trades & Services Fair on Tuesday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This is CCAC's 10th annual trades fair, which typically draws 400 to 600 high school students from 50 area high schools.

    October 2017

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    The Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus has opened a food pantry to serve students in need. The Boyce Campus Food Cupboard is affiliated with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) and is the second permanent food pantry to be established at CCAC, following the opening of the South Campus Cupboard Food Pantry in early 2016.

    Community College of Allegheny County's Respiratory Therapy program is celebrating National Respiratory Care Week, Oct. 22 to 28, with activities designed to promote respiratory health. On Tuesday, second-year students at Allegheny Campus offered a number of screening and breathing tests to fellow students, faculty and staff while educating participants about the program and the profession.

    Allegheny County Council will honor recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program during the council's meeting scheduled to take place today at 5:00 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse. The 11 CCAC program graduates will be recognized for their academic achievements and their commitment to serve as volunteer firefighters in their respective communities for the next five years.

    Rich Carlson web

    Community College of Allegheny County student Rich Carlson received one of six 2017 PACK EXPO scholarships awarded in the U.S. and Canada in the amount of $5,000 from PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute). Carlson is the only recipient from Pennsylvania and the only student majoring in Mechatronics Technology to receive the scholarship.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, October 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free open house events are open to all prospective students and their families.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will present "State of the State," a compelling discussion covering topics of concern to Pennsylvanians including education, workforce training and economic development. The discussion will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, at Allegheny Campus.


    The Community College of Allegheny County will hold an information session on CCAC's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC). The session will be held at the Carnegie Library, 2177 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Talent Show Flyer

    Community College of Allegheny County's Honors Program will present Around the World in 80 Talents, a multicultural talent show, on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the CCAC South Campus auditorium. All proceeds will be applied to travel costs for 16 CCAC Honors students to undertake a study tour in India from January 2 to 13.

    CCAC Drone Demonstration

    The Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus will offer an introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) course in the spring 2018 semester. The three-credit course will cover current commercial regulations, the national airspace system, weather, loading, performance and operations in accordance with FAA Airmen Certification Standards. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the FAA remote pilot certification examination to become drone pilots. Students will also be introduced to the campus' new FAA

    Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center is inviting high school students, parents, community members and local businesses to Manufacturing Day 2017 on Wednesday, October 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Manufacturing Day is an international event where thousands of businesses and schools across North America celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

    Second Half FA17

    Missed the fall start dates? Want to get a jump on spring 2018? Fall 2017 second-half courses at CCAC can help you get ahead.

    Pittsburghers looking to join the fast-paced and thrilling gaming industry or those interested in learning about new career opportunities are encouraged to join Rivers Casino and Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) for their How to Become a Casino Dealer open house on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center in Oakdale will host Odyssey Day in collaboration with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The education and outreach event is coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

    September 2017

    Biology students at Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will embark on the trip of a lifetime January 3 to 13, when they travel to the Galapagos Islands to study the environment where Charles Darwin formed his theory of evolution. Leading the group will be Associate Professor Adam Wells Davis. Heather Klenovich, associate professor of Biology, will also accompany the group.

    Patrick Camut - parking chair bike rack

    Community College of Allegheny County student Patrick Camut has created a work of art that marries form and function in a distinctly Pittsburgh fashion. In response to a call from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for artists to design sculptural bicycle racks to be installed throughout the Cultural District, Camut used the skills he acquired in CCAC's Welding Technology program to create the parking chair to end all parking chairs.

    As the commercial construction industry continues to expand, the need for skilled tradespeople has never been greater. Construction of power plants, health care facilities, office buildings and mixed-use developments is creating lifelong career opportunities in the construction trades. Major undertakings include the repair and expansion of our region's infrastructure as well as the burgeoning natural gas industry.

    CCAC PTC Signing Ceremony--6

    The Community College of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Technical College have entered into a collaborative agreement that provides the opportunity for students who earn their associate degrees in business and information technology programs at CCAC an academic pathway to seamlessly transfer into a parallel bachelor's degree program at PTC. It is the first such collaboration between the two institutions.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host a free seminar on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Designed for novices to enthusiasts, An Intro to Part 107: What it Takes to Become & Operate as a Remote Pilot will enable attendees to discover drones for the first time, as well as prepare them to become FAA certified remote pilots. The seminar will be held at CCAC South Campus on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room G-404.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is offering a new Barber program at CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center that will prepare students for a career in barbering and will train them in the skills needed to become licensed through the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners.

    The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Club will host their fourth “Cookout in the Park with Healthcare Options” on Saturday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in Cedar Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side, located across the street from Light of Life Mission at 10 East North Avenue.

    Boyce Career Week

    Career Week at Boyce Campus & Braddock Hills Center

    9-5-17 Workforce Event

    To help workers get skills they need for in-demand jobs, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, members of County Council, Community College of Allegheny County’s Board of Trustees Chairman Frederick Thieman, CCAC President Dr. Quintin B. Bullock and other college officials today in Pittsburgh to announce the launch of a new collaborative workforce initiative which includes a partnership to fund construction of a new Workforce Training Center at the college’s Allegheny Campus.

    August 2017

    Megan Barko

    Community College of Allegheny County graduate Megan Barko was named Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshall and Tank Inspector in June. As such, she inspects above-ground and underground storage tanks at fueling stations to ensure the safety of customers, residents and station employees.

    Dr. Evon Walters

    Dr. Evon Walters, president of CCAC's Allegheny Campus and Homewood-Brushton Center, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to serve a one-year term on the AACC's Commission on College Readiness.

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a Military & Veteran Student Appreciation Day at PNC Park on Thursday, August 24. Free tickets are available for military or veteran students, each of whom will also receive one free ticket for a guest. (Note: supplies are limited).

    July 2017

    CCAC and the Homewood-Brushton YMCA have partnered to offer an entry-level college course designed to encourage young people of color, ages 16 to 24, who have an interest in music, media or a related field to consider attending college.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center is offering an Entrepreneurship certificate program that will educate aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start or grow a small business.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will host A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand, an Introduction to Stenographic Theory on July 22 and August 5. The course is free, and students do not need to register at CCAC to attend. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 436 of Milton Hall.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, July 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free open house events are open to all prospective students and their families.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the PNC Charitable Trust to train workers from Washington County for jobs created by the construction of Shell Chemical's $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

    June 2017

    CCAC has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2017 HR Innovation Award. CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to CCAC’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the HR team’s choice.

    CCAC South IT Engineering Discovery Night Flyer

    CCAC South Campus will host an IT & Engineering Discovery Night for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, June 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room G311.